Two More Victims Counted in Listeria Ricotta OutbreakFood Safety News
By Gretchen Goetz | October 12, 2012
The total case count in the ongoing Listeria outbreak linked to imported Italian ricotta cheese has expanded from 18 to 20 and one more victim has died, announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an update Friday.
The two new illnesses were reported in California. One of these two victims died, bringing the total number of victim deaths from three to four.
Last week, Food Safety News reported on two cases in California that had not yet been counted in CDC’s investigation update – a pregnant mother who contracted a Listeria infection and her son who was born prematurely September 19 and died October 4. CDC and the California Department of Public Health have yet to confirm whether the mother, Joanna Valentine, and her son Felix were the newly counted two cases and death linked to the outbreak, but it’s likely that they are, since the outbreak strain of Listeria was isolated from both the baby and the placenta.
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