Listeria food poisoning – known as listeriosis – is a high risk for pregnant women, the elderly and newborns. Listeria is a bacterium that can grow either with oxygen or without. Only one form of listeria can cause infection in humans, known as L. monocytogenes. Listeria bacteria can grow at temperatures of 86 to 98.6 degrees F (30 to 37 degrees C), but can also grow at refrigerator temperatures. This is what distinguishes it from other food poisoning-causing bacteria.
Listeria can be found in water, soil, infected animals, human animal feces, raw and treated sewage, leafy vegetables, effluent from meat and poultry processing, decaying corn and soybean, and raw unpasteurized milk. Food-borne transmission of listeria is estimated at 85 to 95 percent of cases. It is unknown what the dosage of listeria should be in order to cause infection; therefore, even a small amount may be enough to bring on symptoms.
Symptoms of listeria include:
Pregnant women face greater risks if they contract listeria. Symptoms and complications associated with listeria infection in pregnant women are:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have compiled together a list of tips in order to prevent infection due to listeria. They include:
Listeria infection can be treated with antibiotics, and if you are part of the high risk category, you should seek medical attention right away to minimize the risk of complications.
If a person has consumed food with listeria but symptoms are not present, many experts don’t treat it unless, once again, the person is at high risk.
For most people, the risk of death from listeria is rare, but it can be a real threat in those in the high risk group.
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Approximately 11 million cases of foodborne illness are found in Canada each year. Foodborne illness is commonly referred to as “food poisoning” and occurs after an individual eats food that is contaminated with germs including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Common culprits that make people sick are: Listeria, E. coli, Vibrio, and Salmonella. Continue reading…