CDC reports Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats, cheeses

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(WKBN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a Listeria outbreak reported in multiple states, including Pennsylvania. 

The CDC reports that the infections are linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses.

So far, eight people infected with the strain of Listeria have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported in Michigan.

The people are from four states — Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

They all reported eating different types and brands of products, including meats and cheeses purchased from and sliced at deli counters in different retail locations.

Samples have been taken from those deli counters for further investigation.

According to the CDC, a single supplier of the deli products has not yet been identified. The CDC is now warning delis to clean and sanitize deli slicers and areas where products are stored to avoid cross-contamination. 

The CDC says people at a higher risk for a Listeria infection should avoid eating lunch meat and deli meats unless they are first heated to a temperature of at least 165 degrees. Those high-risk people include pregnant women and their newborns, adults ages 65 and older and people with weakened immune systems. 

Symptoms of a Listeria infection include fever and flu-like symptoms, a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

The CDC has more information on the outbreak and steps you can take to prevent becoming infected on its website.

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