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FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The source of a listeria outbreak that's sickened seven people in five states (Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas) appears to be hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Ga., the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Laboratory evidence and interviews with patients suggest that bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods are a likely source of the outbreak. The eggs were packaged in plastic pails and sold under various brand names nationwide to food service operators, including grocery stores and restaurants, according to the CDC.
It said the eggs should not be sold, served or used to make other foods, such as egg salad.
The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to the outbreak, the CDC said.
Until more information is available, people should throw away any store-bought hard-boiled eggs or products containing hard-boiled eggs, such as egg salad, the agency advised.
Listeria infection can cause different symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected. Pregnant women typically have fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches. However, listeria infections during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
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