Listeria is a deadly disease but it can be easily avoided. Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.Thoroughly cook raw food such as meat, poultry, or seafood to a safe temperature.Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk. These are just a few ways to prevent the disease.
Listeria can thrive in most any place including the fridge.
Listeria is found in these foods. It is also found in water and soil.
The incubation period is 3-70 days.
Listeria causes flu like symptoms such as Fever, stiff neck, confusion, weakness, vomiting, and sometimes diarrhea.
The illness can last from days to weeks.
The people most at risk to get listeria is elders, young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
Listeria can cause miscarriages and a baby with a defect or disorder.
It also is more likely to cause death in the elders and young children.
This video gives tips on how to prevent listeria.