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Listeria outbreaks may be related to Florida, the CDC said.

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! The outbreak of Listeria, which has affected at least 23 people in 10 states

, may be related toFlorida, the CDC said this week. 

Of the 22 people that health officials could track down, 20 reported living in Florida or traveling to the state the month before they got sick, but the CDC said: It states as follows. The importance of this is still under investigation.

An electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissue is seen in a 2002 image from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An electron micrograph of Listeria monocytogenes in the tissue 2002 image from the Disease Control and Prevention Center seen. (Distribution via Reuters / Elizabeth White / CDC / Reuters)

Listeria monocytogenes isfood poisoningand is usually contaminated milk Caused by the product. , Deli meat, or smoked fish. 

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Symptoms, including fever, malaise and muscle aches usually begin within 1 to 4 weeks of eating foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

In the current outbreak, 22were hospitalizedand one died. Five of the infected were pregnant at the time, and one reported fetal loss. 

Vials of raw sheep's milk are seen with bottles of substances used to check the milk for strains of Listeria and Salmonella before the milk is developed into roquefort cheese.

Raw sheep milk vials are milk A bottle of substance used to check milk for strains of Listeria and Salmonella before it develops into Roquefort cheese. (Pascal Pavani via Getty Images / AFP)

According to the CDC, the actual number of illnesses can be much higher. .. 

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Health officials still eat food I'm trying to identify that's what caused this to happen. 

In 2020, the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes caused by Delimitemade at least 10 people sick and one died. Another outbreak of cooked chicken resulted in three hospitalizations and one death last year. .. 

Paul Best is a FoxNews Digital reporter. Story tips can be sent toPaul.best@fox.comand Twitter (@KincaidBest).