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Spain Health Alert

Updated on 8 September 2019


The Situation:

As of 23 August 2019, there were over one hundred confirmed cases of listeriosis in Spain,

largely in the Sevilla area. As of August 23, regional health officials in Andalusia and the

Spanish Ministry of Health have identified the suspected source as pork products produced

by Magrudis company under the label “La Mecha” and other brands.


As of 7 September, the Ministry of Health and Families confirms that there are 210 cases

detected to date. Seville accounts for 173 cases - 82% of the total.


Listeriosis is a bacterial infection caused by the consumption of contaminated foods.

Outbreaks such as these are rare in Spain. Food control is generally excellent in the

country and this incident should not cause general alarm.



Symptoms of Listeriosis:

According to the CDC, people with invasive listeriosis usually report symptoms starting 1 to

4 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria. Pregnant women, older adults or

those with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk. Symptoms include:

  • Flu-like symptoms including chills, fever and muscles aches

  • Diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms

  • Headache

  • Loss of balance and malaise


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Monitor local media for updates

  • Avoid eating at questionable establishments

  • Avoid La Mecha and other related food brands

  • Immediately contact a medical professional if you believe you are infected.


DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.