Spain issues international alert after its largest listeria outbreak 1 year ago

Spain issues international alert after its largest listeria outbreak

An international alert has been issued in the country.

The alert has been issued after Spain saw its largest ever listeria outbreak as numbers rose to 150.

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A 90-year-old woman has died from the infection, and there's more than 500 suspected cases around various hospitals.

Listeriosis is caught from eating food that contains listeria bacteria and is commonly found in unpasteurised milk, soft cheeses and ready-made items, such as sandwiches.

There are fears tourists might contract the illness as 80 million travel to the country for holidays each year.

Listeriosis usually causes a mild illness however, if you have a weakened immune system or are pregnant, it can be more dangerous.

According to Sky News, it has been confirmed that the outbreak began in the southern region of Andalusia, where a packaging pork plant has been linked.

Maria Luisa Carcedo, acting health minister, said: "Obviously there was a failure to follow the established procedures.

"Now we need to carry out the inspections and investigations to figure out exactly where this failure took place."

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