リステリア菌感染症で6人が死亡/カナダ 肉製品 食中毒

 カナダ当局は、汚染された肉製品と関連性のある12人の死者について調査をしている。
 トロントの工場で製造された汚染された肉を食べて、リステリア菌感染症を発症して6人が死亡した。更に6人の死者について調査中である。
 汚染食品を食べてから発症するまでに最高で70日もかかるので、当局はこのタイプの食中毒に注意を喚起している。
 カナダ公衆衛生局によれば、リステリア菌感染と確認されたのは全国で26例ある。Maple Leaf Foods社で製造された肉製品と関連しており、トロントで製造された220品目がリコールされた。
 感染すると、高熱や激しい頭痛、項部硬直と嘔気をきたす(髄膜炎)。高齢者や免疫能の低下した人にリスクが高い。妊婦が感染すると未熟児出生や死産の危険がある。
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Page last updated at 15:49 GMT, Tuesday, 26 August 2008 16:49 UK
Listeria fear after Canada deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7582694.stm

画像Listeria monocytogenes bacteria
Canadian health officials expect the number of listeria cases to rise

Canadian health officials are investigating 12 deaths thought to be linked to contaminated meat products.

Six people are known to have died from the bacterial infection known as listeria, after eating tainted meat traced to a factory in Toronto.

A further six deaths are still under investigation.

Health officials have warned Canadians to stay alert because this type of food poisoning can occur up to 70 days after eating contaminated food.

Maple Leaf

"We fully expect that both the number of suspected and confirmed cases will increase as this investigation continues and samples continue to be tested", said the Agriculture and Food Minister, Gerry Ritz.


This week our best efforts failed and we are deeply sorry
Michael McCain CEO, Maple Leaf Foods

The deaths are amongst a total of 26 confirmed listeria cases diagnosed across Canada, according to the Canadian Public Health Agency.

The outbreak of listeria has been linked to meat products made by Maple Leaf Foods.

The company recalled 220 of its meat products - and all of the food products made at its factory in Toronto.

The company's Chief Executive Officer, Michael McCain issued an apology in newspaper and television advertisements.

"We have an unwavering commitment to keeping your food safe with standards well beyond regulatory requirements but this week our best efforts failed and we are deeply sorry," he said.

In a message on the company's website "on behalf of the 23,000 people of Maple Leaf Foods who live a culture of food safety", the food manufacturer offered its "deep and sincere sympathy to those who are ill, or who have lost loved ones".

Food contaminated with listeria may not look or smell as though anything is wrong with it.

However, eating infected meat can cause high fever, severe headaches, stiffness in the neck and nausea.

Elderly people and people with weak immune systems are particularly at risk, along with pregnant women, who may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, but who are at risk of premature delivery and stillbirth.

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