Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pregnant Women Warned About Deadly Bacteria After Miscarriage In Mecklenburg

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Yvette Wood is pregnant with her second child and was surprised to hear on Tuesday afternoon that North Carolina public health officials are warning pregnant women to stay away from certain foods because of a potentially deadly bacteria found in them. She says, "now that I know I won't be. I won't be having packaged salads or deli meats.

We've learned there are four confirmed cases of listeriosis statewide. The disease is caused by bacteria, listeria.

It's found in unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses like brie, deli meats and bag salads.

It primarily affects pregnant women and in three of the four cases, including the one in Mecklenburg County, the women had miscarriages. The Mecklenburg County woman told health officials she contracted the disease by eating unpasteurized cheese.

It is possible to pick up listeria without getting sick, but Dr. Stephen Keener, the county's health director says if you're pregnant or have a weak immune system it could kill you or your baby. "It can cause serious disease and death and it can also cause miscarriages in pregnant women," says Keener.

Dr. Keener also says you should always check the label. "Look on the package and see if it's something that says it's pasteurized. If you don't see that on there, it"s best to stay away from it, " he says

Most large grocery store chains don't sell unpasteurized dairy products. They're typically found in smaller mom-and-pop stores or Latino supermarkets.


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