A Listeria outbreak likely due to salami, mortadella, and deli meats has sent 10 people to the hospital and caused one death

Mortadella salami is sliced by hand at the weekly farmers’ market July 25, 2015. Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images
  • A Listeria outbreak has hospitalized 10 people and killed one, the CDC reported on Friday.
  • Italian-style deli meats, such as mortadella, prosciutto, and salami are the likely source of the outbreak, the CDC said.
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A Listeria outbreak, likely from Italian-style deli meats like mortadella and salami, has hospitalized 10 people and killed one, the CDC reported Friday. Outbreaks have been reported in Florida, Massachusetts, and New York.

When authorities interviewed those who had been ill, all said that they had eaten Italian-style meats that were prepackaged or sliced at a deli counter. The CDC has not identified a specific type of deli meat or a common supplier, but recommends avoiding eating deli meats unless they are cooked before serving.

In healthy people, food poisoning from Listeria can result in symptoms like fevers, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea. But for other groups, Listeria can pose a serious risk, the FDA said. Those with weakened immune systems can suffer fatal infections from Listeria, and pregnant women can suffer miscarriages from a Listeria-borne infection.

This year, the CDC has also reported unrelated Listeria outbreaks in foods ranging from pre-cut fruit to Enoki mushrooms. And this month, the former CEO of Blue Bell ice cream was indicted on charges that he covered up an unrelated Listeria outbreak in its ice cream.