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Photo: Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - January 2013Listeriosis outbreaks and associated food vehicles, United States, 1998–2008. This report summarizes listeriosis outbreaks reported to CDC during 1998–2008 and provides online continuing medical education (CME) allowing clinicians the opportunity to earn CME credit.


Dr. Christopher Braden highlights key facts about foodborne illnesses in special populations to help clinicians recognize and diagnose those at greatest risk. - MedscapeSuspecting Foodborne Illnesses in Special Populations: Quick Facts for Providers
Dr. Christopher Braden highlights facts about foodborne illnesses in special populations to help clinicians recognize and diagnose those at greatest risk.

Image of Medscape PowerPoint SlideListeria: Food Poisoning's Rare but Deadly Germ
Dr. Benjamin Silk presents key information on listeriosis in the aftermath of the large 2011 outbreak.

How is Listeriosis Treated?

The higher-risk category for Listeria infection includes:

  • Pregnant women and their newborns
  • Older adults
  • People with weakened immune systems

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  • Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. A person in a higher-risk category (pregnant woman, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems) who experiences fever and other non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and aches, within 2 months of eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the physician or health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
  • If a person has eaten food contaminated with Listeria and does not have any symptoms, most experts believe that no tests or treatment are needed, even for persons at higher risk for listeriosis.

Outcomes

Even with prompt treatment, some listeriosis cases result in death. This is particularly likely in older adults and in persons with other serious medical problems.

 
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