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How do people contract listeriosis? What is listeriosis and what food should be avoided ?

How do people contract listeriosis? What is listeriosis and what food should be avoided ?

Listeriosis: Listeriosis is an infection that people get when eating foods contaminated with the bacterium listeria monocytogenes. It can be in wild & domesticated animals, and in soil and water. Vegetables, meats, and other foods like raw milk & its products can be infected if coming into contact with contaminated soil or manure. Pregnant women need to be especially careful to wash foods before eating. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of listeriosis?

What are the symptoms of listeriosis?

See below: Fever muscle aches nausea diarrhea symptoms may begin a few days after you've eaten contaminated food, but it may take as long as two months before the first signs and symptoms of infection begin. If the listeria infection spreads to your nervous system, signs and symptoms may include: headache stiff neck confusion or changes in alertness loss of balance convulsion. ...Read more

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I live in the united states, is listeriosis common?

Not huge: But not small. Per cdc data, the incidence of listeriosis in the us is 1600 cases annually. ...Read more

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How do you get listeriosis?

Exposure: Exposure to the listeria bacterium in a large enough dose. Risk factors include drinking unpasteurized milk and eating unpasteurized cheese (usually a soft cheese). A weak immune system helps to contract the disease (pregnancy, hiv/aids, leukemia, etc). ...Read more

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Can you die of listeriosis if ure only 15?

Can you die of listeriosis if ure only 15?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is there a listeriosis alert site somewhere?

CDC: Usually the center for disease control website has this information. ...Read more

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Why and how does listeriosis affect the body?

Why and how does listeriosis affect the body?

See below: It's a bacteria found in water & soil. Infected animals may also serve as sources. It may infect many different sites, such as the brain or spinal cord membranes or the bloodstream. Healthy adults & children can be infected, but rarely become seriously ill. High risk: people with weakened immune systems & those with chronic diseases. Sx's resemble other illnesses-fever/flu like. ...Read more

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How do I ensure that I do not get milk or dairy products with listeriosis?

Pasteurization: Avoid raw milk and milk products, and avoid soft cheeses. Both of those are associated with increased risk of listeria. ...Read more

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How can I ensure that I do not get milk or dairy products if I have listeriosis?

Are you asking how: Avoid listeria contaminated milk / dairy? Avoid soft cheeses blue-veined cheeses; ; mexican-style cheeses. Only drink milk or eat food w milk products that have been pasteurized. You can eat hard cheese; semi-soft cheeses; pasteurized processed cheeses, cream cheese ; cottage cheese. ...Read more

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Could listeriosis be passed from livestock to humans?

Could listeriosis be passed from livestock to humans?

Yes: Listeriosis primarily is foodborne. Incriminated foods include unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses, deli meat, undercooked poultry, raw vegetables grown in soil contaminated with infected animal feces. ...Read more