After eating smoked salmon, two people died of Listeria infection in Australia.
The Australian Department of Health, investigating three Listeria infections in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales determined that cases occurred in people over 70 years of age with significant underlying diseases. Two deaths occurred in New South Wales and Victoria.
The probable source of the investigation was smoked salmon, but the authorities did not provide a specific company or brand. Local media reports that salmon comes from Tasmania.
Tasmania Director of Public Health Services Dr. Mark Weiich said the purpose of health-related warnings are due to higher risk: pregnant women, newborns, cancer or implants.
In Australia, about 150 people are hospitalized with listeriosis, and about 15 deaths per year.
Disease prevalence is related to watermelon, cold meat, raw milk, soft cheese, pre-prepared salad, sweet potatoes, cats, sliced chicken, pre-cut fruits and fruit salad.