Listeriosis update September 2, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ -


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

    No. Total cases            No. confirmed cases           No. cases under
    as of Sept. 2,                                            investigation
          37                           29                            8

    No. deaths among       No. deaths where listeriosis     No. deaths where
    confirmed cases             was an underlying               cause is
                              or contributing cause           undetermined
          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, infants, and people with weakened immune


    -   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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