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It’s Time To Check Your Deli Meats, Because The CDC Says There Is A Listeria Outbreak

At least 10 people across 3 different states have become sick with Listeria. The CDC believes that deli meats are to blame.

The CDC issued a warning on Friday about the outbreak that has sent 10 people to the hospital and led to the death of one person so far. Nine of those that were sick said they had eaten Italian-style meats like salami, mortadella, and prosciutto.

So far the people that have been found with Listeria are from Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. The CDC said they have not yet identified a common supplier of the meats that may have caused the outbreak.

Most people don’t get seriously ill from Listeria, however, people that are age 65 and older are more likely to become very sick. Listeria is also very dangerous for women that are pregnant because the illness can lead to miscarriage and other issues for unborn babies.

Symptoms of Listeria can include headaches, fever, muscle aches, confusion, and even loss of balance. The symptoms usually appear one to four weeks after eating food containing Listeria.

If you are in a high-risk group for infection, the CDC recommends that you do not eat deli meat. If you do choose to ear it, make sure you heat it thoroughly first. I remember when I was pregnant my doctors told me to always heat deli meats.