This article serves to inform and report a disturbing issue regarding one common kind of salads and the outbreak of listeria. Namely, this infection originated from Dole salads, produced in Springfield, Ohio, and ended with a warning by the CDC on January 22nd, 2016 against them.
Listeria is, in fact, a foodborne bacterial illness that can have a detrimental effect on pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems.
Its occurrence can be a result of raw meat, unpasteurized dairy products, and unwashed products. This infection can, raw meat and unpasteurized dairy products.
Listeria bacteria can endure refrigeration and freezing. It can be either fought by the immune system itself, or it can be cured by an antibiotics treatment. Yet, its outbreak may cause life-threatening problems, including:
- Inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain (meningitis)
- Septicemia- A general infection of the blood
In the case it gets spread to the nervous system, it can provoke:
- Changes in alertness and confusion
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
In the case you experience muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea or fever, you must consult your doctor.
According to the CDC, 1,600 people get sick and 260 people die due to listeria infections annually in the U.S. The last statistically important listeria outbreak was noted in 2012.
Beginning in September 2015, CDC has started a cooperation with the FDA and public health officials in order to inspect the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) that took place in several states. This involved 6 states Massachusetts, Michigan, PennsylvaniaNew Jersey, Indiana, and New York.
Patients were aged from 3 to 83 and included a pregnant woman. This ended with 1 person from Michigan dead of listeriosis, and 12 hospitalized.