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Monday, September 5, 2011

US : Nine cases of Listeriosis confirmed in Colorado, resulting in two deaths

Via EMax Health :

" Three reported cases of Listeriosis, a deadly diseased which is caused by eating food contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, were reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Thursday.

Since Thursday, six more people have become infected, resulting in two deaths. Because of the outbreak, state officials have issued warnings against consuming undercooked meat, which is the biggest known cause of Listeriosis.

"Until we have more information about the sources of this outbreak, it is important for people to follow the standard (federal) guidelines" on listeria, Alicia Cronquist, a state epidemiologist, said in a statement.

"People who are at high risk for Listeria infection can decrease their risk by avoiding soft cheeses such as queso fresco and brie unless they are made with pasteurized milk, hot dogs and deli meats unless reheated to an internal temperature of 165 F, refrigerated pâté or meat spreads, or refrigerated smoked seafood."

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