Health Official: Md. Listeria Patients Recovered

Seven people sickened in recent months by a Listeria outbreak recovered and there are no new confirmed cases, a Maryland health official said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported seven illnesses in Maryland linked to Hispanic-style cheese that were diagnosed between August and November.

The seven patients live in the “national capital region,” said Dr. Clifford Mitchell of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Saturday. State officials have not yet linked the illnesses to a particular product but are continuing to investigate a possible connection.

In the meantime, health officials are distributing advisories in English and Spanish telling customers to avoid the cheese, Mitchell said.

Listeria is a serious illness that includes fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms.

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