10 sick in apparent Listeria outbreak in Finland; source unknown

According to New Food Magazine, 10 listeria cases were detected among patients with febrile diarrhea in the Vaasa city hospital during the month of July.

Two more cases were detected in Eastern Finland, one in Juva and one in Mikkeli. No deaths have occurred. The bacterial strains typed were identical which may imply a common source of infection.

The food items consumed by the patients have been identified and are now currently under investigation. The identification of the source of the infection for the cases in Eastern Finland has been initiated.