Listeriosis Update September 6, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ -


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Saturday, September 6, 2008.

    No. Total cases           No. confirmed cases          No. cases under
    as of Sept. 6,                                          investigation
         39                            29                          10

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


    "The public health system continues to be vigilant for potential new
cases of Listeriosis because of the long incubation period of the disease,"
said Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. "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 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 (

    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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