Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem in the United States. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected. The risk may be reduced by following recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage.
Vital Signs: When Food Bites Back
Many germs can be spread through food. Some, like Listeria, can be deadly. This Vital Signs Fact Sheet provides key information on what can be done to protect people from deadly Listeria food poisoning.
Resources for Pregnant Women
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