There are few things I like better than a really good deli sandwich, but recent warnings from the Center for Disease Control have me reevaluating the menu of my next tailgate party. There's a CDC warning of a Listeria outbreak that has confirmed cases in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. The outbreak has claimed a life in Florida and has been linked to Italian style deli meats.

The CDC website has issued the following warning:

10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from Florida, Massachusetts, and New York.
All 10 ill people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida.
Epidemiologic evidence shows that deli meat is a likely source of this outbreak.
In interviews with 9 ill people, all reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations.
A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.

There will always be people that say things like "it's only ten people" or "Most of them are in Massachusettes" but I for one will be avoiding the salami, mortadella, and prosciutto for a few days. I really didn't know what Listeria was before this but knowing it normally causes diarrhea and fevers sounds terrible to me. Listeria is a bigger issue for pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.


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