Listeriosis update August 29, 2008



    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Thursday, August 29, 2008.

    
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    No. Total cases            No. confirmed cases           No. cases under
    as of  Aug. 29,                                           investigation
        2008
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          43                           22                           21
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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
    (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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