Listeriosis Update August 30, 2008



    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Saturday, August 30, 2008.

    
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    No. Total cases as of        No. confirmed                 No. cases
        Aug. 30, 2008                cases                under investigation
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            43                          22                          21
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                               No. deaths where               No. deaths
    No. deaths among     listeriosis was an underlying       where cause
     confirmed cases         or contributing cause          is 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
(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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