Listeriosis update August 22, 2008

    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of
Health reported today that two additional deaths have been confirmed to be
directly caused by the listeriosis outbreak. This brings the total number of
deaths to three.

    No. Total cases                   No. confirmed deaths
         as of            No.         directly related to    No. cases under
     Aug. 22, 2008  confirmed cases         outbreak          investigation
          30              13                   3                    17

    Outbreak associated cases of Listeriosis have also been reported in
British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Quebec. Ontario is working with the Public
Health Agency of Canada and the other provinces in the investigation.


    "We will continue to monitor the situation very closely," said
Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. "I would like to remind
the public, especially those at high risk for Listeriosis, such as the
elderly, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems, to avoid consuming
any meats connected with the CFIA recall. If in doubt - throw it out."


    -   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.


    For an up-to-date list on this recall and other CFIA consumer food
( online

    Find out more about Listeriosis
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    Contact your local public health unit

    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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