Listeria found again, but what is the illness?

April 26, 2015 1:00 PM

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Listeria has been connected to a second ice cream company, this time, in Ohio instead of Texas. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio recalled its frozen foods after detecting listeria in some of the products. However, this particular listeria outbreak has made many ask questions about what the bacteria and illness actually is, given the fact that bacteria’s generally can’t grow in freezing temperatures. That’s what makes a frozen food outbreak of listeria so uncommon and in this case, strange.

According to the CDC there are approximately 1,600 cases each year of listeria, and in a statement they pointed out that, “Typically, listeria is a disease that attacks the very young and old, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant females.”

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