CDC: Listeria Warning Linked To Queso; At Least One Person In FL Sick

At least one person sick in Florida...all connected to a listeria outbreak.

The CDC says 26 people from eleven states have been infected- 1 in Florida- and 2 deaths confirmed in Texas and California after eating queso fresco, cotija cheese and other products made by Rizo-Lopez Foods.

The company is recalling all cheeses and other dairy products made in their facility.

·According to the CDC:

         26 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from 7 states.

o    23 people have been hospitalized.

o    2 deaths have been reported, one from California and one from Texas.

o    Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 15, 2014, to December 10, 2023.

·         This outbreak was investigated twice before, in 2017 and 2021. There was not enough data to identify a source until this most recent investigation.

·         Interviews with sick people and recent Listeria findings in cheese and a production facility show that queso fresco and cotija made by Rizo-López Foods are making people in this outbreak sick.

·         On February 5, 2024, Rizo-López Foods recalled all cheeses and other dairy products made in their facility. 

What You Should Do:

·         Do not eat any recalled cheeses or dairy products. 

o    Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.

·         Clean the refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that may have touched the recalled products. 

o    Listeria can survive in the refrigerator and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces. 

·         Call a healthcare provider right away if you have these symptoms after eating recalled products:

o    Pregnant people usually have fever, muscle aches, and tiredness.

o    People who are not pregnant usually have fever, muscle aches, and tiredness. They may also get a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures.

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