August 22, 2019 8:10 am

Spain warns tourists may be affected as listeria outbreak widens

Listeria Monocytogenes causes Listeria infection.

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Spain has issued international health alerts in light of a widening outbreak of listeria from pork meat that has affected 150 people and killed one person.

Health Minister María Luisa Carcedo said Thursday alerts had been posted to the European Union and the World Health Organization given the possibility that some tourists may be affected.

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The outbreak started Aug. 15 in the southern Andalusia region and claimed its first victim, a 90-year-old woman, Monday.

The product blamed for the outbreak is a stringy cooked meat sold under the brand “La Mechá.”

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Authorities have closed the supplier plant and are testing all its products.

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