Listeriosis update August 25, 2008



    TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Monday, August 25, 2008.

    
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    No. Total cases
         as of                                                No. cases
     Aug. 24, 2008           No. confirmed cases         under investigation
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           33                        20                           13
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                              No. deaths where
                             listeriosis was an
    No. deaths among            underlying or            No. deaths where
    confirmed cases          contributing cause        cause is undetermined
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           11                         6                            5
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    The local public health units have been asked to check their local
hospitals, long-term care homes and daycares to ensure that any products from
the Toronto Maple Leaf plant have been removed and are not being consumed. In
addition, they have also been advised to check for recalled products at key
retail outlet locations.
    Last Friday, the public health units were asked to check the smaller
stores, mom-and-pop shops that may not have heard of the recall.

    QUOTES

    "I would like to remind the public to check their refrigerators and
ensure that any products related to the food recall are thrown out," said Dr
David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Listeriosis is a reportable disease under Ontario Regulation 569 of
        the Health Protection and Promotion Act;

    -   The incubation period for Listeriosis is from three to seventy days
        with an average incubation period of three weeks.

    LEARN MORE

    For an up-to-date list on this recall and other CFIA consumer food recalls
(www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/recaltoce.shtml) online

    Find out more about Listeriosis
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/disease/listeria.html) online

    Contact your local public health unit
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/contact/phu/phuloc_mn.html).

    For public inquires call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
    (Toll-free in Ontario only)
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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