Listeriosis update September 7, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ -


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of
Sunday, September 7, 2008.

    No. Total cases            No. confirmed cases           No. cases under
    as of Sept. 7,                                            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

    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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