July 1, 2022 — A Listeria outbreak that originated in Florida has killed one person and sickened nearly two dozen, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
Affected people with onset between January and June 2021 The CDC said on December 12, 2022, “Most of the patients in this outbreak lived approximately one month before becoming ill. Or been to Florida.”
So far, federal agencies have not identified a food source as the cause of the outbreak. Health officials are interviewing people about the food they eat. The CDC says genetic testing has shown that people in the outbreak may have gotten sick from the same foods.
The deceased lived in Illinois. The CDC said five people became ill during their pregnancy, and one of them had a miscarriage of the fetus.
The CDC said 23 people were sick and 22 were hospitalized. Florida has 12 people who have become ill, and New York and Massachusetts have each reported two patients. Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania each have one patient.
Patients ranged in age from 1 to 92 years, with a median age of 72 years.
“The true number of sick people in an outbreak may be higher than reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to states with known disease,” the CDC said. “Furthermore, recent illnesses may not have been reported, as it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to determine whether a patient is part of an outbreak.”
Listeria lives in soil, water, dust, animal poop and other substance. If you eat food with them, you can get sick.
For most healthy people, infection isn’t much of a threat, even if it can make you sick for a day or two. But listeria can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and their babies, people whose immune systems are not working properly, and the elderly.
Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, muscle aches and fever.