CDC investigating new Listeria outbreak nationwide, 12 cases in Florida

Nearly all infected people live in or recently traveled to Florida, CDC said

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday it is investigating an outbreak for a new strain of Listeria — an infectious bacteria typically passed through food.

In a Tweet on Saturday afternoon, the CDC said to not eat Big Olaf Creamery ice cream and to throw it away if you have that brand at home.

According to the CDC, 23 people infected with the new strain have been reported from 10 states, and nearly all people live in or traveled to Florida about a month before getting sick.

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22 of the infected were hospitalized, and one death was reported from Illinois, the CDC said.

The CDC is advising those with higher risk for Listeria who have symptoms of infection to speak with a healthcare provider, especially if they recently traveled to Florida.

The CDC warned that pregnant women infected with Listeria may experience only fever, fatigue and muscle aches, though the infection could cause a miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or even life-threatening infection of the baby.

According to CDC officials, symptoms of severe illness usually start within two weeks after eating food contaminated with the bacteria but may start as early as the same day or as late as 70 days afterward.

At the time of this report, the CDC is reporting 12 cases for the outbreak in Florida, the most of any state.

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