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September 2015
PATIENT CARE AND SCIENCE
CDC Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Cheeses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), together with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis). According to an alert from the CDC, five rare DNA fingerprints of Listeria are included in this investigation. Twenty-four people infected with one of the closely related Listeria strains have been reported from nine states since August 8, 2010. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized. Five illnesses were pregnancy-related; one resulted in a fetal loss. One death was reported from Ohio. The investigation has not conclusively identified the source of this outbreak, but most ill people interviewed reported eating soft cheese before becoming ill but the investigation is ongoing.

IDSA offers two email services to help members stay informed of updates from FDA and CDC. Content includes a range of topics, including drug warnings, recalls, and outbreak investigations. Recent alerts have included:

US Compounding, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Compounded Products FDA Alert (9/24/2015)

Avycaz (ceftazidime and avibactam): Drug Safety Communication - Dose Confusion and Medication Errors FDA Alert (9/22/2015)

Travelers from Liberia no longer require U.S. entry screening for Ebola CDC Alert (9/3/2015)

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