Canada listeria death stumps officials

Related tags Listeria monocytogenes Canadian food inspection agency

One person has died and five more been sickened by a Listeria outbreak - that Canadian authorities admit has them baffled.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said it is working with provincial and local health authorities, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to investigate the six cases of Listeriamonocytogenes​ across the country caused by an identical strain of the bug.

The body confirmed the strain under investigation is a relatively common one but said it did not yet know if the cases were connected to the same source.

“Investigation is ongoing to determine the possible cause of illness in each individual case, and to determine if there is a common source for the infections,” said a PHAC statement. “One of the cases has died, and listeriosis contributed to this death.”

Provincial and federal health authorities will continue to watch out for and investigate additional cases, it added

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