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A 29-year-old female asked:

I am pregnant. accidently ate rotten watermelon cut, left at room temp for over 24 hrs. only have stiff neck 6 days. worried about listeria infection?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Listeriosis: Your stiff neck may or msy not be due to listeriosis. See your obstetrician, interist or go to the er asap.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Listeriosis: Very unlikely. Mild listeriosis usually consists of sudden onset of fever, chills, severe headache, vomiting, and other influenza-type symptoms. Infected individuals may develop fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. It is doubtful that stiff neck lasting 6 days without other symptoms is due to listerial infection.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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May 1, 2015

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