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Pregnant lady with shopping cartPreventing Listeria Food Poisoning
Food Safety Advice for High-Risk Individuals

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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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

Vital Signs Graphic: Listeria can be passed from pregnant women to their fetuses and newborn.

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Pregnant Women and Listeria Infection (In English and Spanish)

Vital Signs Graphic: Listeria can spread through the bloodstream and cause meningitis, and often kills.

Older Adults (Listeria and other infections)

Vital Signs Graphic: Listeria can spread through the bloodstream and cause meningitis, and often kills.

People with Weakened Immune Systems (Listeria and other infections)

Listeria and Food

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.

Vital Signs Graphic: What are risky foods.

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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