“They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations,” the CDC said in a warning. “A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.”
The CDC said those at higher risk of getting sick from listeria are those who are pregnant, those ages 65 or older or those with a weakened immune system. Those not in those groups are unlikely to get ill.
Residents are advised to avoid eating deli meats, or cold cuts, unless they are heated to a temperature of 165 degrees, wash hands after handling deli meats and clean refrigerator shelves, countertops and utensils that have come into contact with deli meats.
The CDC said listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and “can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.”
Unopened, factory-sealed deli meat packages should be kept in the refrigerator no longer than two weeks, with opened packaged kept no longer than five days.
Those experiencing illness symptoms after eating deli meats should contact their health care provider.