Lis­te­ria case recorded in P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

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.

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