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FDA investigates mysterious outbreak caused by Listeria monocytogenes

Federal officials are investigating a new outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection, but little is known.

The source of the outbreak reported by the FDA this afternoon is unknown.

FDA investigators have begun on-site inspections and sample testing, but the agency has provided no relevant inspections Information about the location or what food is being tested.

While on-site inspections and sample testing have begun, FDA reports that it has not performed any traceability efforts on any food or beverages.

As of this afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not released any information about the outbreak.

FDA does not report how many people are sick or where they live.

About Listeria Infection
by Listeria monocytogenes Special bacteria-contaminated food won’t look or smell spoiled, but it can still lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone with symptoms of listeria infection should seek medical attention and inform their doctor of possible exposure to listeria.

It can take up to 70 days for listeriosis symptoms to appear after exposure to Listeria.

Symptoms of Listeria infection may include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are needed to diagnose Listeria infection, which can mimic other diseases.

Populations such as pregnant women, the elderly, young children and cancer patients with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to serious illness, life-threatening infections and other complications. While infected pregnant women may experience only mild flu-like symptoms, their infection can lead to premature birth, infection of the newborn, and even stillbirth.

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