Listeria's Cases Showing An Outbreak In Spain

The study showing that the death occuring in spain;  that dozening hospitalising in Spain listeria outbreak. Listeria is a commonly finding in the bacteria; and most people who consume foods that contain it do not become ill. But for elderly people, pregnant women or those with serious conditions like diabetes or cancer, it poses a serious threat.

The outbreak of listeria is affecting mainly the southwestern region of Andalusia where 114 cases have been confirmed, according to the regional health department. Listeria infection is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impairing immune systems. Listeria infection is most commonly contracting by eating improperly processing deli meats and unpasteurizing milk products.

Spain listeria outbreak

Outside Andalusia, only one case has so far been confirmed in the neighbouring region of Extremadura, Spain’s Health Minister Maria Luisa Carcedo told Cadena Ser radio. A 90-year-old patient affected by the outbreak died overnight at a hospital in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, the regional government said in a statement.

It said another 53 people are in hospital including 18 pregnant women and two newborns. Spanish consumer group Facua said two pregnant women who ate meatloaf; suspecting of being contaminating with listeria, “lost their babies” in Seville. Healthy people rarely become ill from listeria infection, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies and newborns.

Risk of serious infections

An investigation has been opening because there appears to be a link to the outbreak of listeria; the health ministry said. The regional government of Andalusia warned last Thursday that meatloaf sold under the commercial name la Mecha made by Seville; basing company Magrudis was the source of a listeria outbreak. Listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration and even freezing. That’s why people who are at higher risk of serious infections; should avoid eating the types of food most likely to contain listeria bacteria.

People who have weakened immune systems also are at higher risk of life-threatening complications. But prompt antibiotic treatment can help curb the effects of listeria infection. However, the factory was closing and all of its meatloaves were recalling from shops, the health ministry said. Listeriosis begins with flu-like symptoms including chills, fever and muscle aches. It can take up to six weeks after consuming contaminated foods for symptoms to occur.