Amid the COVID19 pandemic, a mysterious listeria outbreak has made at least 10 people sick across three states in the US. New York, Florida, and Massachusetts have been hit by this deadly outbreak. One person has lost his life due to listeriosis. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that this epidemic might be linked to deli-style meat. The agency has said that people who have fallen ill, have eaten Italian style meat including salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. People who have been down with listeriosis have said that they have bought pre-packaged meats and other meat sliced at the deli counter. The officials have been probing whether the infection is linked to a specific type of deli meat or common meat suppliers.
Health experts have advised people who are prone to this infection to avoid consuming deli meats unless it is cooked at an internal temperature of a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts have said that people who are falling ill with listeriosis have been in the median age of 81. As per the reports, women are majorly hit by the Listeria outbreak. Scientists have said that though many people are less likely to be diagnosed with the disease, however, people who are 65 years old or above with fragile immune systems are at a higher risk of the ailment. Pregnant women are more likely to catch the infection. Listeria is more dangerous for women who are expecting, said the experts. It can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening complication in newborn babies.
Health authorities have said that symptoms of Listeria start showing up one to four weeks after eating contaminated meat. Symptoms of the disease include fever, muscle pain, headaches, loss of balance, and confusion. Authorities have advised people to store meat in the refrigerators away from other food items. Considering the COVID19 pandemic, experts have said that people need to follow extra precautionary measures. The CDC has been investigating this deadly Listeria outbreak for more information.