Listeriosis is an illness to which pregnant women and their unborn children are very susceptible.
Listeria can be found in
L. monocytogenes is unusual because it can grow at refrigerator temperatures where most other foodborne bacteria do not.
You can get listeriosis by eating food contaminated with L. monocytogenes.
The symptoms can take a few days or even weeks to appear and may include fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea or upset stomach, headache, stiff neck, confusion, and loss of balance. In more serious cases, listeriosis could also lead to the mother's death.
Most of the time, pregnant women who are infected with listeriosis don't feel sick. However, they can pass the infection to their unborn babies without even knowing it. That's why prevention of listeriosis is very important. In any case, if you experience any of the above symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
Facts: Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely to get listeriosis than other healthy adults. An estimated 1/3 of all Listeria cases occur in pregnant women.
During the first trimester of pregnancy, listeriosis may cause miscarriage.
As the pregnancy progresses to third trimester, the mother is more at risk. Listeriosis can also lead to
Fetuses who suffer a late infection may develop a wide range of health problems, including:
*(Refrigerated smoked seafood, such as salmon, trout, whitefish, cod, tuna, or mackerel is most often labeled as nova-style, kippered, smoked. These types of fish are found in the refrigerator section or sold at deli counters of grocery stores and delicatessens.)
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