(CNN) – Eight people have been hospitalized in multiple states with Listeria infections, including one person who has died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Infections of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes have been reported in Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the CDC said Wednesday.
Death was reported in Michigan according to CDC.
The US Department of Agriculture and Food Inspection and the US Food and Drug Administration monitor the bacterial strain .
Those who got sick said in interviews they ate different types and brands of products, including meat and cheese, which were bought and sliced from various deli counters, the CDC said. The Listeria specimens of these individuals were collected from November 1
The strain was also identified in samples of meat cut in a deli and deli counters in several stores, the CDC said.
Officials did not identify the supplier of delicatessen products.
Listeria bacteria are particularly worrying in pregnant women because they can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or a life-threatening infection in newborns. Older people and people with weakened immune systems are also at risk for Listeria infection.
Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, headaches, neck stiffness, confusion and balance disorders. Patients may also experience diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms and convulsions. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Last month, Henry Avocado Corporation announced that it would voluntarily recall California-grown avocados that were sold in large quantities in six states due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
CNN's Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.
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