Listeriosis update August 29, 2008

Archived Release

Listeriosis update August 29, 2008

Ministry of Health

TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ -
NEWS
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's listeriosis update, as of Thursday, August 29, 2008.
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No. Total cases No. confirmed cases No. cases under
as of Aug. 29, investigation
2008
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43 22 21
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No. deaths among No. deaths where listeriosis No. deaths where
confirmed cases was an underlying cause is
or contributing cause undetermined
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12 8 4
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QUOTES
"Listeriosis poses a very low risk to the general population since healthy people rarely become ill when exposed to the bacteria," said Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. "Those most at risk include pregnant women, the very old, the very young and those with weakened immune systems."
QUICK FACTS
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- The average age of confirmed cases is 76.
- All confirmed cases with complete information live in an institution
or were hospitalized prior to the onset of the illness. 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.
LEARN MORE
For an up-to-date list on this recall and other CFIA consumer food
recalls
(http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/recaltoce.shtml)
online
Find out more about the Listeriosis
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/disease/listeria_mn.html)
outbreak 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