facts aboutListeria


The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes causes a dangerous but infrequent infection transmitted through food.

 L. monocytogenes apart

Pervasive on both land and sea, and able to hold its own in a wide range of environments.

Infectious ailments

Many foods, including raw meat, processed meat, raw vegetables, and ready-to-eat foods, are at risk of contamination.

Refrigerated food

Refrigerated food is an ideal setting for L. monocytogenes because of the constant cool temperature.

Primarily affects pregnant women

Listeria is 18 times more common in pregnant women, and can cause flu-like symptoms and serious complications for the baby.

Symptoms in non-pregnant

people include gastrointestinal distress, fever, vomiting, aches and pains all over the body, and discomfort in the joints and the brain

Animals and Listeriosis

Infection in animals, especially ruminants, can cause neurologic symptoms, fever, lack of appetite, and problems during pregnancy.

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