first_imgNova Scotia’s public health system continues to monitor a nation-wide recall of meat products associated with a listeriosis outbreak. As in other parts of the country, meat products included in this recall have been widely distributed in Nova Scotia, including hospitals and long-term care facilities. As a result, some recalled products may have been served to patients, staff and visitors at these facilities prior to the issuance of the national recall. Recalled products were also served at other facilities, restaurants and retail outlets throughout the province. “We are continuing to alert the public, given that the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are at increased risk and are frequent patients at our facilities,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer. “All the cases in the national outbreak are the frail elderly or those who have weakened immune systems. It’s important to note that healthy children and adults are not likely to become ill from eating food containing listeria bacteria,” said Dr. Strang. Since the recall was issued, the departments of Health Promotion and Protection, Agriculture, have worked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to ensure that hospitals, long-term care, residential care and small option facilities have taken action to remove the products and to ensure they are not being consumed. Health Promotion and Protection has also contacted all physicians in the province to remind them of the expanded recall and to provide additional clinical information. Information on listeriosis and the meat product recall has been disseminated through the media and is available on the government of Nova Scotia website at . Nova Scotia has no reported cases of listeriosis associated with the national outbreak. Typical symptoms of listeriosis include fever, headache, stiff neck and confusion. People who have these symptoms should contact their health care provider. Pregnant women who become infected may experience only a mild illness such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, however infections can lead to premature delivery, stillbirth or miscarriage. At present there are no pregnant women among the cases in the national outbreak. “We are continuing to work closely with our provincial and national colleagues on this national outbreak,” Dr. Strang said.last_img

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