The Chief Medical Health Officer for the Northern Health Authority says the two patients at hospitals in Fort St. John and Prince George are recovering from listeriosis.
Dr. David Bowering says the illness was found by blood tests and biopsies. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control confirms the bacteria is the same strain identified in the nation-wide recall of Maple Leaf Foods deli meats.
Dr. Bowering also says Northern Health is confident they have removed all the contaminated meat from their facilities: [asset|aid=190|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dr. Bowering – contaminated meat_1_Pub.mp3]
Dr. Bowering says both patients contracted the illness while in hospital for treatment of other serious conditions and both say they were served the deli meats as part of the regular meal service. Dr. Bowering has confirmed that both patients have been treated for listeriosis and are recovering.
One person in Ontario has died and a total of 16 others across the country have been sickened by the bacteria that has been linked to meats shipped primarily to hospitals and care homes from a Maple Leaf plant in Ontario. However, officials say some of the tainted meats could have been sold to the public and anyone with questions should check with their retailer or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.