The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 10 people have been infected with listeria in Massachusetts, Florida and New York.
All 10 people have been hospitalized and one death has been reported in Florida, according to the CDC. Nine of the 10 reported eating Italian-style meats like salami, mortadella and prosciutto.
Each person purchased prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at various deli counters. However, a specific type of deli meat, or a common supplier, has yet to be identified.
The CDC reports that if you are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system, you're at a higher risk for listeria infection. People not in these groups are unlikely to get sick from listeria.
Steps to avoid getting sick include washing your hands after handling deli meats and cleaning surfaces and utensils that may have come into contact with deli meats.
The CDC also recommends to keep factory-sealed deli meats in the refrigerator for no longer than two weeks and to keep opened packages and meat sliced at a deli for no longer than five days.
Information regarding the symptoms of listeriosis can be found at www.cdc.gov/listeria/symptoms.html.