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Pre-cooked chicken Listeria outbreak

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TUESDAY July 6, 2021

One death has been reported in a listeria outbreak that appears to be linked to precooked chicken served in healthcare facilities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three people in Texas and Delaware fell ill after eating food in a long-term care home or hospital, and interviews and lab tests indicate they likely fell ill from eating precooked chicken, according to the CDC.

All three were hospitalized and a patient in Texas has died.

Listeria can cause serious illness when the bacteria spread beyond the intestine to other parts of the body, the CDC noted. Listeria infection during pregnancy can also lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, or potentially fatal infection of the newborn.

People who are not pregnant may experience headaches, a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and seizures, in addition to fever and muscle pain. Symptoms of serious illness usually appear one to four weeks after eating food contaminated with listeria, but they can start the same day or up to 70 days after exposure.

The actual number of people affected by it listeria The outbreak is likely higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to states with known illnesses, the CDC said.

Some people recover without medical attention and are not tested for listeria, explained the agency.

Long-term care facilities, hospitals and other facilities that serve people at higher risk of listeria disease – pregnant women and their newborns, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems – should take extra precautions, the CDC said.

This includes reheating the pre-cooked chicken to an internal temperature of 165 ° Fahrenheit and not serving cold pre-cooked chicken dishes unless the chicken has been reheated before being used in the cold dish.

More information

Visit the CDC to learn more about listeria.

SOURCE: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, press release, July 3, 2021

Robert Preidt

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