Listeria case recorded in P.E.I.
A P.E.I. woman’s hospitalization from Listeria is being investigated as one of seven cases of Listeria across the country suspected of being linked. The woman, who was over 75 years of age, contracted the foodborne illness and was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in November but has since been released and is recovering. Her illness is believed to be linked to six other cases across the country, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. All seven cases involved seniors and are believed to have been caused by pre-packaged leafy greens, said P.E.I.’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison. “Having one case on its own is not unusual. The difference is that once they started getting a number of cases that all had the same strain, it looks like it’s coming from the same possible source,” Morrison said. An official food-borne illness outbreak response protocol has been launched by the Public Health Agency of Canada. No one else in P.E.I. is believed to be at risk of illness as a result of this outbreak, but Morrison stressed the need for proper safe food handling practices, including thorough washing of all vegetables and fruits.