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Patients at cancer center hit by Listeria from hospital deli

Three people who ate deli sandwiches from a restaurant in Canada’s largest cancer-care center have been infected with Listeria. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating the cases in people who ate at Druxy’s in the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the country’s largest cancer care center. TPH is asking anyone who ate deli meats at the… Continue Reading

WHO urges 16 countries to join in fight against deadly outbreak

The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts among 16 African countries in an attempt to contain the world’s largest ever Listeria outbreak as officials in Namibia try to discern whether a sick person in that country contracted listeriosis from processed meat imported from South Africa. In another development this week, officials in Mozambique reported they… Continue Reading

Australia, S. Africa post high fatality rates in Listeria outbreaks

The Australian and South African listeriosis outbreaks have one thing in common — fatality rates as high as 26 to 28 percent. Health officials in Victoria, Australia, late last week announced the death of a man in his 80s as the fifth fatality in the country’s listeriosis outbreak. Two others who lost their lives from… Continue Reading

Is broken Brazil responsible for sickened South Africa?

Is there a link between the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa and Brazil’s broken and scandal-plagued meat and poultry industries? And could that link be something called “white slime?” Before there were any answers to these questions or others, South African’s health minister promised the Parliament that the government would provide “all the… Continue Reading

Listeria toll nears 1,000 in South Africa; source undetermined

Authorities in South Africa continue to remind the public how to decrease the risk of contracting foodborne Listeria infections amidst an outbreak that has sickened almost 1,000 and killed at least 176. World health officials have said it is the largest known outbreak from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Public health officials have not yet been able… Continue Reading

Briefly: Listeria’s resurrection — Wash ’em — Deadly outbreak

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Dozens dead in South Africa Listeria outbreak More than 550 people are confirmed sick, with at… Continue Reading

Raw milk cheese tied to listeria cases; moms-to-be at high risk

At least two people in Rhode Island have developed infections from Listeria monocytogenes, causing public health officials to warn against eating soft cheese referred to as queso fresco. An alert posted Wednesday by the Rhode Island Department of Health did not include any details about the two victims, but specifically urged pregnant women to not… Continue Reading

Denmark’s deadly Listeria outbreak makes headlines in Poland

A Listeria outbreak involving Poland’s BK Salmon that has sickened four Danes, killing one, since May could have been worse. The Dansk Supermarket Group with 1,500 stores in four countries, but only sold BK Salmon in Denmark. Danish health authorities say the surviving three victims are in very severe conditions and may be terminally ill. According… Continue Reading