A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections
with 46 culture-confirmed cases, seven deaths, and three stillbirths or miscarriages
in eight states has been linked to eating sliceable turkey deli meat. Cases
have been reported from Pennsylvania (14 cases), New York (11 in New York
City and seven in other locations), New Jersey (five), Delaware (four), Maryland
(two), Connecticut (one), Massachusetts (one), and Michigan (one). Culture
dates ranged from July 18 to September 30, 2002; case-finding is ongoing.
Outbreak isolates share a relatively uncommon pulsed-field gel electrophoresis