Listeriosis update August 25, 2008

Archived Release

Listeriosis update August 25, 2008

Ministry of Health

TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ -
NEWS
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of Monday, August 25, 2008.
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No. Total cases
as of No. cases
Aug. 24, 2008 No. confirmed cases under investigation
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33 20 13
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No. deaths where
listeriosis was an
No. deaths among underlying or No. deaths where
confirmed cases contributing cause cause is undetermined
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11 6 5
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The local public health units have been asked to check their local hospitals, long-term care homes and daycares to ensure that any products from the Toronto Maple Leaf plant have been removed and are not being consumed. In addition, they have also been advised to check for recalled products at key retail outlet locations.
Last Friday, the public health units were asked to check the smaller stores, mom-and-pop shops that may not have heard of the recall.
QUOTES
"I would like to remind the public to check their refrigerators and ensure that any products related to the food recall are thrown out," said Dr David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
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QUICK FACTS
- Listeriosis is a reportable disease under Ontario Regulation 569 of
the Health Protection and Promotion Act;
- The incubation period for Listeriosis is from three to seventy days
with an average incubation period of three weeks.
LEARN MORE
For an up-to-date list on this recall and other CFIA consumer food recalls (www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/recaltoce.shtml) online
Find out more about Listeriosis (http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/disease/listeria.html) online
Contact your local public health unit (http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/contact/phu/phuloc_mn.html).
For public inquires call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
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For further information: Media Contacts: Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197