Three people have died from the Lyseria epidemic. State of Washingtonthe health department there reported on July 21.
A total of five adults over the age of 60 are known to have been “severely infected” with Listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis), including three who have died.
The health department said in a public statement that all five had “compromised immune systems”.
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Listeria is a serious infection that commonly occurs. Food that is contaminated. with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Two of the infected adults were female and three were male.
Four of them were from Pierce County and one was from Thurston County.
The Washington State Department of Health is working with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services to investigate the infections.
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“WA DOH is working with local health jurisdictions in Pierce and Thurston counties to gather information from interviews with patients and their families to identify any common exposures,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the individuals were likely infected from the same food source based on genetic fingerprinting results.
All of them fell ill between February 27 and June 30.
Fox News Digital reached out to the Washington State Department of Health for comment, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.
What to know about listeria
According to the CDC website, about 1,600 people contract listeriosis each year in the United States, resulting in about 260 deaths.
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Among those most at risk are A woman of hopeinfants, people 65 years of age and older, and people with weakened immune systems.
People outside of high-risk groups rarely show symptoms, the CDC said.
Common symptoms in pregnant women include fever, muscle aches, fatigue and others. Flu-like symptoms.
In severe cases, the infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth or potentially fatal infection in the baby.
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Other groups of symptoms may include headaches, neck stiffness, balance problems, seizures, and confusion.
Among people who are not pregnant, the death rate from listeriosis is about 5%, according to the CDC.
Intestinal diseaseSymptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting, may last one to three days, usually starting within 24 hours of eating the contaminated food.
The diagnosis of listeriosis is confirmed by laboratory tests of blood, spinal fluid or placenta.
For people with invasive disease, most of all The usual treatment is antibiotics.
According to the CDC, to prevent infection, people in high-risk groups should avoid eating foods that are more likely to be contaminated.
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These include soft cheeses. meats, cheeses and salads from the deli; deli meats, cold cuts, hot dogs, and fermented or dry sausages; pâté or meat spread; cold smoked fish; Sprouted melons and raw (unpasteurized) milk and raw milk products.
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In November 2022, it was reported that a listeria outbreak Six states reported at least one death and one pregnancy loss with 16 confirmed cases.
The CDC said on its website that the outbreak was linked to sliced deli meats and cheeses.