Clinical Trend of the Week (January 27 – February 2): Listeria
Of all things, frozen meatballs are responsible for this week's top search term. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a recall of ready-to-eat frozen meatballs from the Rich Products Corporation due to a risk for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product is a 6-lb bag labeled "Member's Mark Casa Di Bertacchi Italian Style Beef Meatballs," with a "best if used by" date of 17 Dec 2018. L monocytogenes is a pathogen that can result in listeriosis, an infection that is potentially serious. The most common clinical symptom is diarrhea, but more serious manifestations may occur in high-risk persons. Contaminated meatballs are rarely what healthcare professionals have in mind when they tell patients to "watch what you eat," but that's exactly what drove searches for this week's top term.
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