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Other States See Listeria Outbreak, More Food Recalls in Washington State

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Listeria Monocytogenes is a bacterium you do not want to come in contact with, and we are getting a better idea of the outbreak that happened in Washington State at the end of last year. Listeria Monocytogenes is a bacterium you do not want to come in contact with, and we are getting a better idea of the outbreak that happened in Washington State at the end of last year.
NBC Right Now-- Listeria Monocytogenes is a bacterium you do not want to come in contact with, and we are getting a better idea of the outbreak that happened in Washington State at the end of last year. It started at the end of November 2014 when the first case of Listeria was seen in Pierce County.

Shortly after a second case popped up in King County, and than at the beginning of December the outbreak was linked to a Latin-style cheese maker in Yakima.

State Epidemiologist Scott Lindquist said after an investigation all three cases had whole genome sequencing, which means all the samples they took from each location were identical genetic matches.

From this incident we know one person died and two others were hospitalized and released.

This bacterium can do some damage to your body and cause very serious infections.

Lindquist said it can cause blood infections, spinal fluid infection, and even still births in pregnant women.

If you bought any cheese or sour cream products from Queseria Bendita in Yakima where this outbreak is thought to have started, they are recalling those products.

This is not the only recall happening in the state right now.

Last month, Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice cream also found product contaminated with the Listeria bacteria and they are now issuing a recall.  There is a recall in Washington State on caramel apples produced at the Happy Apples Company based in Missouri as well.

Lindquist said these cases are not connected and that Listeria is actually rather common in Washington State with 11 to 40 cases per year.

Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Nevada, Utah, Wisconsin and North Carolina are also seeing outbreaks of the bacteria.  These outbreaks are linked to the caramel apples produced in Missouri.

One thing health officials want you to keep in mind is during these outbreaks make sure you listen for the recalls.

Lindquist said elderly people and people with compromised immune systems are at a greater risk of not recovering from the bacteria if they contract it.
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