Listeriosis Update September 1, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ -


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Monday, September 1, 2008.

    No. Total cases as of       No. confirmed cases          No. cases under
        Sept. 1, 2008                                         investigation
             38                       29                           9

    No. deaths among           No. deaths where       No. deaths where cause
    confirmed cases           listeriosis was an          is undetermined
                          underlying or contributing
             15                       10                           5


    "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."


    -   The average age of confirmed cases is 77.
    -   Almost all confirmed cases with complete information live in an
        institution or were hospitalized prior to the onset of the illness.
        One confirmed case was not hospitalized or in an institution prior to
        the onset of the illness, and 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.


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

    Find out more about the Listeriosis
    outbreak online.

    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:

For further information: Media Contacts: Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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