Spanish health authorities announced a second person has died in an outbreak of Listeria from pork meat. The health spokesman for the southern Andalusia region, José Miguel Cisneros, said Friday a 72-year-old man who was in a terminal phase of pancreatic cancer died from the bacteria.
The first victim was a 90-year-old woman earlier this week. The outbreak started Aug. 15 in Andalusia and has sickened at least 186 people. The Spanish Health Ministry said it was looking into another 523 suspected cases. Of the 50 people currently hospitalized, 23 of them are pregnant women. Sevilla is the most affected region (with 153 cases), followed by Huelva (16), Cádiz (8), Malaga (5), and Granada (4). Other regions with confirmed cases are Asturias, Aragón, and Extremadura.
The packaged meat plant to the outbreak is being inspected by Spanish officials after lab tests showed the presence of Listeria. The product blamed for the outbreak is a stringy cooked meat sold under the brand “La Mechá.”
The infection came from the meat of the brand La Mechá, manufactured by the Magrudis firm. The acting Minister of Health, María Luisa Carcedo, has confirmed that the origin of the Listeria outbreak was in the company’s factory, based in Sevilla.
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