Listeria

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Listeria monocytogene is a bacterium member of the Listeria family. It is often found in soil, dust, mud, vegetation, silage, and sewage. Unlike other bacteria associated with foodborne illnesses, Listeria can grow in cold, refrigerated environments as low as 0 degrees Celsius.

Animals that carry the bacteria may not appear to be sick. However, consuming food products (such as fish, shellfish, vegetables, hot dogs, luncheon meats, soft cheeses, milk and raw meats) produced by infected animals may cause Listeriosis. It is estimated that every year in the United States 1,850 people become ill with Listeriosis. On average, 425 people die from the condition.

Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to Listeria. Symptoms of Listeriosis include, but are not limited to, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Treatment typically involves antibiotics.

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See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Diarrhea: Overview
  3. Fatigue: Overview
  4. Listeriosis: Overview
  5. Nausea: Overview
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