Listeriosis update August 27, 2008



    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

    
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    No. Total cases             No. confirmed cases        No. cases under
     as of Aug. 27,                                         investigation
         2008
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          40                             22                        18
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    No. deaths among      No. deaths where listeriosis     No. deaths where
     confirmed cases            was an underlying              cause is
                              or contributing cause          undetermined
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          12                              5                         7
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    The average age of confirmed cases is 76.

    All confirmed cases with complete information live in an institution or
were hospitalized prior to the onset of the illness. A small number of
confirmed cases have information pending.

    QUOTES

    "Listeriosis poses a very low risk to the general population since
healthy people rarely become ill when exposed to the bacteria," said Dr.
David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. "Those most at risk
include pregnant women, the very old, the very young and those with weakened
immune systems."

    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 70 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
(http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/recaltoce.shtml) online

    Find out more about the Listeriosis
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/disease/listeria_mn.html)
outbreak 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: Media Contacts: Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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