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Depends: The severity of listeria infection depends on who is infected. People whose immune system is compromised, pregnant women, and the elderly are most significantly affected. In pregnancy, the infection can cause fetal loss. Others are more likely to get meningitis. Normals rarely have any issues with listeria. ...Read more
Foodborne: Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium, can be acquired from a number of foods especially cold cuts, smoked fish and unpasteurized milk or cheese. It is especially worrisome when acquired by immunosuppressed people and pregnant women. ...Read more
Fever and diarrhea: The most common symptoms are fever, watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, and joint pains. These symptoms can last 2-3 days and usually resolve without any treatment. Very rarely, the infection can enter the bloodstream and also cause meningitis and encephalitis. More severe manifestations are more likely to happen in the young, the elderly and the immune compromised. ...Read more
It's a bacterium: found in water soil. Vegetables can be contaminated from soil. Animals can also be carriers. Listeria can live in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables & processed foods. Deli meats are sprayed to reduce Listeria, but it can live on hands & surfaces, so contamination may occur after cooking & before packaging. It can live in deli meats left in refrigerators. When ingested, it may cause disease. ...Read more
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