Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats and cheese reported in 6 states, including Illinois – NBC Chicago

An outbreak of food poisoning linked to cold cuts and cheese has sickened 16 people in six states, including Illinois, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

According to the authorities, most of the sick people have been hospitalized. Illness resulted in pregnancy loss and illness resulted in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials say preliminary information shows that deli meats and cheese purchased from deli counters in several states are the likely sources of this outbreak. However, according to investigators, it is difficult to pinpoint a single food as the source of outbreaks linked to deli meats and cheeses.

Patients came from New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey and California. The death was reported in Maryland, the CDC said.

Eleven of those who fell ill are of Eastern European descent or speak Russian and investigators are trying to figure out why.

Listeria is a persistent germ that can be difficult to get rid of from surfaces and equipment. Symptoms of listeria poisoning include fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. It is especially dangerous for the elderly, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

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