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An outbreak of listeriosis linked to an ice cream brand leaves one dead and 22 hospitalized in the US


The cases have been registered in ten states of the North American country, most of them in Florida.

An outbreak of listeriosis linked to an ice cream brand has left one dead and 22 hospitalized in Sarasota (Florida, USA), according to a recent statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Although most cases have been detected in Florida, infections have also been reported in nine other states: Minnesota, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Georgia.

The CDC indicates that the outbreak is related to ice cream from the brand Big Olaf Creamery, which is only sold in Florida , so they urge people who have bought them to get rid of them and clean the containers, utensils and areas that may have come into contact with these products.

Furthermore , asks companies not to serve or sell any products of that brand, detailing that the responsible company is already contacting retail stores to recommend that they remove their ice cream from the shelves until further notice.

What are the symptoms?

On the other hand, the US public health agency explains that the people most vulnerable to this condition are the Pregnant women and their newborns, adults over 65 years of age and people with weakened immune systems.

In this sense, it points out that other people can also be infected, although it specifies that they seldom do it seriously. Therefore, it is recommended to contact a doctor if any of the symptoms related to listeria occur .

Pregnant women often experience fever, fatigue, and muscle pain, and may experience miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or a life-threatening infection in the baby. Meanwhile, the most frequent symptoms for other segments of the population are headache, diarrhea, dizziness, fever and muscle pain.

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