Tips for Avoiding Food Contamination
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.
People at risk for listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:
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Portions of the above information was provided with the kind permission of the Food Safety and Inspection Service United States Department of Agriculture, http://www.fsis.usda.gov)
Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2002
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