Deadly listeria outbreak in 6 states linked to deli meat and cheese

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A deadly outbreak of listeria in six states has been linked to contaminated deli meat and cheese, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

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A deadly outbreak of listeria in six states has been linked to contaminated deli meat and cheese, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

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People at high risk of severe illness from listeria infection — such as pregnant people,

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the elderly and those with weakened immune systems — should not eat meat or --

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- cheese from any deli counter without first reheating it “steaming hot,” the agency suggests.

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A total of 16 people have been infected, and 13 have been hospitalized, according to reports from six states.

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One death was reported in Maryland; another person became ill while pregnant and lost their baby, the CDC said in a statement.

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To date, seven listeria infections has been reported in New York, three in Maryland, two in Illinois, two in Massachusetts,-

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- one in California and one in New Jersey. Those infected ranged in age from from 38 to 92,

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with an average age of 74. Over half of those sickened were men.

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