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Recall on Imported Frescolina Brand Ricotta Salata Cheese

Package of Frescolina brand ricotta salata cheese

Forever Cheese, Inc. voluntarily recalled one lot of Frescolina brand ricotta salata cheese because it is contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

According to CDC reports, 14 people have been infected with listeriosis and hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported. Listeriosis contributed to at least one of these deaths.

The recall affects lot number T9425 and/or production code 441202. Products were sold to supermarkets, restaurants and wholesale distributors.

Learn more about the recall and how to recognize the contaminated cheese.

If You’re Feeling Anxious or Depressed, You Can Find Help

More than 350,000 people took their own lives in the past year, and today we are losing more military soldiers to suicide than battle, according to Secretary of Army, John McHugh, who recently briefed America on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, which helps raise awareness of the resources available to those who are feeling anxiety and depression that could lead to suicide.

National and local events are being held throughout the week including ribbon awareness day, a live Twitter chat on Friday and many other opportunities to get involved and help your loved ones. Learn more about the events and find one near you.

If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or depressed, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can chat with a counselor online.

Veterans and their families can call 1-800-273-8255 or go to Veterans Crisis Line for help preventing suicide.

Learn more about National Suicide Prevention Week and how to help.

If ovarian cancer is found early on, it can be treated more effectively. Learn to recognize the symptoms.

Take Control Of Your Health During Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month.

Become wiser about your health! Order this free packet of publications that provides practical health tips to:

  • Get blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control
  • Recognize the symptoms of diabetes
  • Avoid health scams by learning their tell-tale signs, and more.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from the Current West Nile Virus Outbreak

As of September 4, 2012, 87 deaths caused by West Nile Virus have been reported in the United States. There have been 1,993 cases of West Nile Virus in people, with 70 percent of those cases occurring in six states: Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan.

Forty-eight states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.

West Nile Virus is a potentially dangerous illness that is primarily spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. The mosquitoes themselves become infected when they feed on infected birds.

About one in 150 people infected with the virus will develop severe illness that could cause permanent neurological effects or death. About 20 percent of people can have symptoms for up to several weeks. Eighty percent of infected people show no symptoms at all. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms.

The easiest and best way to avoid West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites.

  • When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Follow the directions on the package.
  • Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
  • Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.

Learn more about the West Nile Virus outbreak from the Centers for Disease Control.