On November 9, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that an outbreak of Listeria illnesses had been traced back to deli meats and cheeses purchased at deli counters in multiple states. The onset date of the known illnesses stretch from April of 2021 through September of 2022. So far, the outbreak has sickened at least 16 people and led to one tragic death in Maryland.
Most of the known cases are in New York, including a previously announced cluster of Listeria illnesses traced to the NetCost Market locations in Brooklyn. But no new cases have been associated with that deli since September of 2021, while people have continued to get sickened by the outbreak strain of Listeria in Illinois and California (among other states). This suggests that NetCost Market delis are not the only source of illnesses, and that a contaminated food likely introduced the outbreak strain of Listeria into delis in multiple states.
Our Listeria Lawyers have represented many people poisoned in Listeria outbreaks. For example, we were recently retained by several people sickened in a Listeria outbreak linked to ice cream, including a pregnant woman who lost her baby. We are actively investigating this outbreak and talking to those affected. If you or a loved one recently became sick with a Listeria infection after eating deli meats or cheese, please contact us using the form above for a free consultation.
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually contracted from food contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. Anyone can contract this bacterial infection, but pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and individuals with compromised immune systems are most at risk.
Listeriosis can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery. According to the CDC, Listeriosis causes a fetal loss in about 20% of cases. Newborns can also suffer a life-threatening infection. The CDC reports newborn death occurs in about 3% of cases. When a pregnant woman notices the symptoms of Listeriosis, it is important to seek medical care immediately to protect the pregnancy.
Individuals with weak immune systems and the elderly are more likely to develop severe infections in the bloodstream or brain, which can be fatal. Listeriosis can also affect other parts of the body, including the bones and joints.
Severe Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics. Prompt treatment of severe symptoms is important and dramatically reduces the risk of more severe complications.
Listeriosis symptoms can vary dramatically from person to person. In less serious cases, the infection may remain in the gut and cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, however the Listeria bacteria will spread beyond the gut, This is known as invasive listeriosis. When Listeria spreads to the nervous system, individuals can experience:
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care right away. These can be signs of bacterial meningitis, which can cause severe complications, disabilities, and death.
OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers is a national food safety law firm and offers free consultations to anybody potentially impacted by this outbreak. Listeria lawyers Ryan Osterholm and Brendan Flaherty have represented people sickened by Listeria throughout the country, and can your questions and help you pursue compensation.