Woman dies in Spanish Listeria outbreak

Photo of Angeles Muñoz, the mayor of Marbella. Credit: [email protected]_Marbella

A 90-year-old woman has become the first fatal victim of a listeria outbreak that started in Sevilla.

Health authorities have confirmed that she died in hospital after being admitted with food poisoning.

Since August 15 there have been 114 confirmed cases of listeria poisoning contracted from La Mechá branded ‘carne mechada’ preserved meat.

At the moment 53 of the victims are in hospital, the vast majority in Sevilla. Of these, 18 are pregnant women, three more than on Monday. There are two patients in intensive care compared to five on Monday, and two newborns.

By province, 35 of the hospitalised patients are in Sevilla, seven in Huelva, five in Cadiz and six in Malaga.

Health inspectors traced the outbreak to the La Mechá brand and are now analysing other products made by brand owner Magrudis.

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Dilip Kuner

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