WHO: Three dead, hundreds ill in Spain listeria outbreak

WHO: Three dead, hundreds ill in Spain listeria outbreak
# 16 September 2019 20:25 (UTC +04:00)

Three people have died and at least 222 have been infected in Spain's largest ever outbreak of listeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, APA reports citing Yeni Safak.

The outbreak, linked to a packaged pork producer in the south of the country, is mainly affecting women and people over 65, the WHO said. Most cases are in Andalusia, where the pork plant linked to the outbreak - owned by Seville-based Magrudis - is located.

All products manufactured in the plant since May 1 have been recalled. The WHO warned, however, that because Magrudis' products are so popular, and because they have a three-month shelf life, there is a likelihood of further cases in the coming weeks.

"Additionally, given the high number of tourists to Spain, and Andalusia, in particular during the summer months, international travellers may have been exposed while the product was in the market," the WHO said, noting that the incubation period for listeria infection can be up to 70 days.

The company could not immediately be reached for comment.

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