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Listeria!

It is estimated that each year, 48 million people in the US fall ill due to contaminated food. Listeria is a bacteria that is found in water, soil, and some animals (mainly cattle and poultry).  Symptoms can appear anywhere between 3 and 70 days but usually they appear within a month. In some cases, Listeria can lead to meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) or septicemia (blood infection).

Sources:

  • Infected meat
  • Some processed foods (deli meats, hot dogs, soft cheeses)
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Food products made with unpasteurized milk
  • Raw vegetables and fruit

People who are at risk:

  • Unborn babies
  • Babies
  • Elderly people with weakened immune systems
  • People with kidney disease, diabetes, and  chronic liver disease
Symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stiff neck
  • Body weakness
Diagnosis:
  • Blood test
  • Urine/feces test
  • Spinal Fluid test
Treatment:
  • Rest/increased fluid intake
  • Antibiotics
  • Hospitalized in some cases
 
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4 Responses

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  3. Aimee

    Thumbs up for the good information. This stuff scares me especially when they find it on fruits and vegetables.

  4. Juan

    Nice!! Great information, great blog.