Deli-sliced meat, cheese eyed in deadly listeria outbreak

April 18, 2019 10:20 PM

Federal health officials are investigating a deadly listeria outbreak involving deli-sliced meats and cheeses.

The Centers for Disease Control says since 2016, a total of eight people have so far become ill in four states -- and all had to be hospitalized. However, one ended up dying.

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The patients all reported eating different types of meats and cheeses at deli counters at various stores, but no common supplier has been identified.

The CDC is not advising consumers to stop eating deli-sliced food, nor should retailers stop selling them.

However, experts say pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems should handle deli products carefully since they are at a higher risk for infection.

Consumers are advised to thoroughly clean refrigerators, kitchen countertops and utensils that have touched deli products.

MORE INFORMATION: CDC on listeria outbreak


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