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Denmark's listeria outbreak hits yet another

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Denmark's listeria outbreak hits yet another
The rullepølse listeria outbreak has killed 17. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Scanpix
11:14 CET+01:00
Almost three months after the confirmation of a listeria outbreak that has claimed a total of 17 lives, another new patient has been infected.
The listeria outbreak that began in August is not fully contained yet. 
 
The Danish State Serum Institute (SSI) said on Thursday that a new case of listeria infection traced to the original outbreak has been found. 
 
With the new patient, the total number of infected individuals increases to 41. Of those, 17 have died. 
 
The outbreak has been traced to the deli meat rullepølse produced by the company Jørn A. Rullepølser, which has been shut down. 
 
A total of 30 products – including variations of rullepølse, salami and hot dogs – were recalled.
 
“Several weeks can pass from when one eats food with the listeria bacteria until they become ill. The latest patient was sickened nearly two months after the company’s products were recalled from the market,” SSI said in a statement. 
 
SSI said that there have been an additional 38 cases of listeria infection not connected to the rullepølse outbreak. In late September, three people died from listeria in an asparagus soup served at Odense University Hospital. 
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