Thursday, September 5


On the way out of town last Friday I heard a bizarre news story on KYW Newsradio, saying that there was an outbreak of Listeria in southeastern Pennsylvania, and it had health officials concerned. After noting that at least 23 people had gotten sick from it, the story ended without, you know, telling people what listeria is, how it spreads, where it thrives and how to tell if you might have it. In newspaper stories there's a little more news you can use, but still a surprisingly lackadaisical attitude, even though now, a local guy has died from the feces-borne disease. Simultaneously, in a completely unrelated story, a Pennsylvania company has recalled half a ton of sausage products that were contaminated with - you guessed it - listeria. Bizarre.

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