Listeriosis update August 28, 2008



    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Thursday, August 28, 2008.

    
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    No. Total cases         No. confirmed cases         No. cases under
    as of  Aug. 28,                                      investigation
        2008
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         41                         22                          19
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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                            8                            4
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    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

    -   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.
    -   The incubation period for Listeriosis is from three to 70 days with
        an average incubation period of three weeks.
    -   Listeriosis is a reportable disease under Ontario Regulation 569 of
        the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

    LEARN MORE

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

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

    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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