175 now sick with Listeria in Spanish outbreak

Jack Guy of CNN reports Spain’s health ministry has issued an international health warning over a listeria outbreak that has infected 175 people.

The bacteria was detected in a processed meat product manufactured in the city of Seville, in the southern region of Andalucia, according to an alert published Tuesday.

“My priority is to avoid the spread of the outbreak,” said Spain’s acting health minister María Luisa Carcedo, in a video watched by CNN. 

The country has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission about the outbreak. 

It comes during peak tourist season in Spain, with Andalucia a popular destination among visitors.

Fifty people remained in hospital Wednesday, 23 of whom were pregnant women, according to Reuters.