5 patients sickened, 3 die because of listerosis linked to tainted ice cream

ice-cream.jpgThree patients have died and two others were sickened in a Wichita, Kansas hospital, after all were apparently infected with the listeria monocytogenes bacteria linked to Blue Bell ice cream served to them when they were in the hospital.

For of five of the ill patients had underlying health issues and were patients in the the Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas when they were served single serving ice cream, “Scoops.”

Tests on patients and the ice cream showed that both had the same listeria contaminant. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigated the outbreak and can determine the DNA fingerprint of listeria bacteria.

Blue Bell ice cream is a 108 year old company and this is their first recall. It appears that Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars manufactured in the Brenham, Texas plant were contaminated.

All contaminated products have been removed from store shelves but consumers are recommended to remove any Blue Bell ice cream from their freezers with the product SKU’s listed here.

About Listeria

Listeria is a pathogen that can be found in the soil, raw milk, meat, poultry, vegetation, anand animals. The bacteria can be spread when people consume uncooked foods, fail to wash their hands or when there is a break-down in manufacturing safety.

Symptoms of listeria includes flu-like symptoms and women who are pregnant, those with compromised immune systems, and the elderly are most susceptible to serious illness after infection.

Approximately 2,500 people are sickened every year in the U.S. and, of those, 200 become seriously ill and die.

Treatment of listeria include antibiotics.

One of the worst listeriosis outbreaks in the United States occurred in 2011 when cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms in Colorado killed 33 people and caused at least one miscarriage. In that case, 123 people were sickened.

Contact The Farber Law Group Listeria Lawyers

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become sickened by foodborne illness and the family of those who have died.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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