Listeriosis update September 11, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update as of
Thursday, September 11, 2008.

    No. Total cases            No. confirmed cases           No. cases under
    as of Sept. 11,                                           investigation
           41                          34                            7

    No. deaths among       No. deaths where listeriosis     No. deaths where
    confirmed cases             was an underlying               cause is
                              or contributing cause           undetermined
          17                           14                            3


    The number of deaths reported among confirmed cases has increased because
one of the confirmed cases recently died.


    "Public health units have completed their checks of hospitals and
long-term care homes across the province to ensure Maple Leaf Consumer Foods
products that were part of the recall have been removed," said
Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. "The public
health system continues to be vigilant for potential new cases of Listeriosis
because of the long incubation period of the disease. The general public,
especially those at high risk, should continue to take precautions and ensure
that no recalled products are being consumed. When in doubt, throw it out."


    -   The average age of confirmed cases is 76.
    -   Almost all confirmed cases with complete information live in an
        institution or were hospitalized prior to the onset of the illness.
        Three confirmed cases were not hospitalized or did not reside 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
recalls online

    Find out more about the Listeriosis
outbreak online

    Contact your local public health unit

    For public inquiries 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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