Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

CDC: Listeria outbreak linked to precooked chicken

3 July, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections that has sickened three people in two states (Texas and Delaware).
Epidemiologic and laboratory data show that some precooked chicken products may be contaminated with Listeria and may be making people sick.
As of July 2, 2021, three people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from two states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 6, 2021, to June 5, 2021. All three people were hospitalized, and one death has been reported from Texas. Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) showed that bacteria from sick people’s samples are identical. This suggests that people in this outbreak got sick from the same food. USDA-FSIS found the outbreak strain of Listeria in two samples of precooked chicken products during routine product testing. Along with the epidemiologic data, this suggests that people likely got sick from eating precooked chicken.
Tyson Foods Inc., a Dexter, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,492,832 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes