Listeria

Listeria is a bacteria found in soil, water, and some animals, including poultry and cattle.

This is what Listeria looks like under a microscope.

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Listeria can kill and the only sure way to get rid of the bacteria is to thoroughly cook your foods.

An outbreak of Listeria across the nation killed sixteen people and infected another seventy-two from Cantaloupe. Cook your foods and wash those that can't be cooked.

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Listeria can be found in ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs, unpasteurized milk and raw dairy products, refrigerated smoked seafood, and raw sprouts.

Unlike some other bacteria, Listeria can thrive in cold temperatures such as the freezer or refrigerator.

Some of the people at risk include older adults, pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, or people with certain diseases such as cancer, alcoholism, diabetes, or liver disease.

Listeria is a bacteria in the soil and water we drink and what our plants and vegetables grow in. It is a common bacteria in and on the Earth. Since it is so common, it is important for us to try to prevent it by washing our hands, food, cooking our food well, and cleaning our items that were used to cook with.

Symptoms that come with Listeria include vomiting, fever, diarrhea, confusion, weakness, and stiff-neck. The duration of the illness can last anywhere from days to weeks and the incubation period is 3-70 days. Listeria can be a serious illness, resulting in death, so if you suffer from these symptoms and think you may have Listeria, consult your doctor immediately.

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