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People at Risk

CDC estimates that Listeria is the third leading cause of death from foodborne illness, or food poisoning, in the United States. An estimated 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year, and about 260 die.

Listeria is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

Who Has a Greater Chance of Listeria Food Poisoning?

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Pregnant Women

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Older Adults

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People with Weakened Immunity

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Pregnant hispanic woman

Pregnant Hispanic women are 24 times more likely than the general population to get Listeria infection.

Las mujeres hispanas embarazadas tienen 24 veces mayor que la población general de contraer la infección por Listeria.