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Listeria, the third leading cause of death from food poisoning, targets pregnant women and their babies, people  with weakened immune systems, and those 65 years or older. These hard-hit groups account for at least 90 percent of reported Listeria infections.

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All New! For Spanish speakers

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Vital Signs: Recipe for Food Safety (in Spanish) [PDF - 4 pages]

  • The new translation of the Recipe for Food Safety fact sheet is now available in Spanish. Download this PDF to share with Spanish-speakers.

Advice for pregnant women about Listeria (Spanish podcast)

  • Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely than the general population to get Listeria infection and pregnant Hispanic women are about 24 times more likely. Listen to epidemiologist Ruth Luna-Gierke to learn what pregnant women can do to protect their unborn children.

Resources for Clinicians

Dr. Benjamin Silk presents key information on Listeriosis in the aftermath of the large 2011 outbreak - Medscape Listeria: Food Poisoning's Rare but Deadly Germ
February 27, 2012
Dr. Benjamin Silk presents key information on listeriosis in the aftermath of the large 2011 outbreak.

Resources for People at Risk (Listeria and other foodborne infections)

Pregnant Women and Listeria Infection

Pregnant Women and Listeria Infection (In English and Spanish)

Older Adults (Listeria and other infections)

People with Weakened Immune Systems (Listeria and other infections)

Listeria and Food

Vital Signs Graphic: What are risky foods.

Listeria can hide in many foods. Outbreaks in the 1990s were primarily linked to deli meats and hot dogs. Now, Listeria outbreaks are mainly caused by soft Mexican-style cheeses like queso fresco and other cheeses that were either made from unpasteurized milk or that got contaminated during cheese-making.  Some outbreaks have also been caused by foods that people may not think of as risky for Listeria, like celery, sprouts, and cantaloupe.

Key links about Cheese Safety

Cheese safety for vulnerable populations

Cheese safety – general

Cheese and industry

Cheese and raw milk

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Food Safety Tips for Everyone (Listeria and Other Infections)

Food Safety Tips (In English and Spanish)

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