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I am traveling internationally. How common is listeria in other countries?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
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In brief: Common, also in USA

Listeria is a serous illness spread by contaminated food.
It causes fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and miscarriages/premature birth. Experts think the disease is under diagnosed worldwide; it is found on all 5 continents tested- in cities and rural areas. It is not prevented by refrigeration. Cdc prevention guidelines http://1.Usa.Gov/szwfyw can help you minimize your chance of contracting it.

In brief: Common, also in USA

Listeria is a serous illness spread by contaminated food.
It causes fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and miscarriages/premature birth. Experts think the disease is under diagnosed worldwide; it is found on all 5 continents tested- in cities and rural areas. It is not prevented by refrigeration. Cdc prevention guidelines http://1.Usa.Gov/szwfyw can help you minimize your chance of contracting it.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Common world wide

Listeria monocytogenes is widespread in nature, found in soil, decaying vegetation and water and as fecal flora of many mammals.
It is distributed world wide. It is acquired by ingestion of contaminated food or drink. For prevention thoroughly cook all meats and wash all vegetables. Avoid cross contamination in food preparation. Do not consume unpasturized cheeses or milk.

In brief: Common world wide

Listeria monocytogenes is widespread in nature, found in soil, decaying vegetation and water and as fecal flora of many mammals.
It is distributed world wide. It is acquired by ingestion of contaminated food or drink. For prevention thoroughly cook all meats and wash all vegetables. Avoid cross contamination in food preparation. Do not consume unpasturized cheeses or milk.
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