July 7, 2005
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Three Syracuse-area residents have been diagnosed with listeriosis — a rare and potentially fatal bacterial disease caused by eating contaminated food.
Onondaga County health offcials say the three — ages 48, 70 and 77 — have been hospitalized and one is “quite ill.” Offcials have yet to determine the source of the infection
Listeria is found in soil and water. Unpasteurized milk and cheeses have been associated with outbreaks in the past.
The disease is not contagious and can be treated with antibiotics.