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Cheese-Linked Listeria Outbreak Kills One, Sickens Four

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A listeria outbreak linked to cheese has sickened four people, killed one and may be responsible for a pregnant woman suffering a miscarriage, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The cause of the outbreak has been linked to Les Freres cheese, distributed by Wisconsin producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics. The FDA said that everyone sickened was infected with the same strain of listeriosis. Two reported cases were in Minnesota. Both cases involved older adults who were hospitalized after eating the cheese, according to the Minnesota Health and Agriculture departments. One person later died.

The other states involved in the outbreak are Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, reported. The people who became ill ranged in age from 31 to 67 and were diagnosed between May 20 and June 17, the FDA said. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said it is testing samples of the cheese, and early results indicate the presence of listeria. Confirmation is still pending. Health officials have warned consumers not to consume the Les Freres, Petit Frere and Petit Frere with Truffles cheeses, while the investigation continues.

Listeriosis is often caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported. The disease typically affects older adults, pregnant women and newborns. Adults with weakened immune systems can also be susceptible to the outbreak. disclaimer: This article: Cheese-Linked Listeria Outbreak Kills One, Sickens Four was posted on Friday, July 5th, 2013 at 8:11 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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