Listeriosis update September 4, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ -


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Thursday, September 4, 2008.

    No. Total cases             No. confirmed cases          No. cases under
    as of Sept. 4,                                            investigation
          36                             29                          7

    No. deaths among        No. deaths where listeriosis    No. deaths where
    confirmed cases              was an underlying              cause is
                               or contributing cause          undetermined
          15                             11                          4


    "I am encouraged that the number of new cases linked to this outbreak
seems to be falling," said Dr. Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
"However, 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 77.
    -   Almost all confirmed cases with complete information live in an
        institution or were hospitalized prior to the onset of the illness.
        Two confirmed cases were 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 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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