What is it?
Listeria is a bacteria found in soil, water, and some animals. It can also be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk.
Who is at risk?
Older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to become sick by this bacteria. Pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get listeriosis than any other person
How dangerous is the illness?
If listeria was to get out of the intestines and get into the brain it could potentially cause meningitis. In the latest outbreak 15 people died.
What are the sources of the bacteria?
It can contaminate processed meats. Many sources of this bacteria are deli meats, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, refrigerated smoked seafood, and raw sprouts.
How can people prevent the illness?
You can prevent this by not drinking raw milk, wash hands and utensils, rinse raw produce, and thoroughly cook food.
What is the incubation period?
The incubation period for listeria is 3-70 days.