There would normally be between three to five cases of Listeria each year in
Older people and individuals with weakened immune systems, including those who have cancer, AIDS or issues with alcohol misuse, are all susceptible. Listeria may be particularly dangerous in pregnancy as it can present as a mild and ‘flu-like’ illness which is not serious to the mother but can cause miscarriage, premature delivery, still birth or severe illness in a newborn child.
The PHA is reminding patients in hospitals and those attending hospital day services that they should only eat foods provided on the wards by hospital staff and not eat foods from other sources such as hospital canteens, shops or restaurants. Visitors are urged not to bring food into hospitals for patients unless this has been discussed and agreed with ward managers.
Patients should wash their hands before and after eating, eat food as soon as it is served, dispose of any leftovers immediately and not hold over food for later consumption.
Aporte: Carla Uribe