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The nurse told me to heat ALL deli-meat, lunch meat and hot dogs to steaming.  You can put it back in the fridge to serve cold later.  You must cook it the one time to kill it.  This includes, ham, turkey, bologna..etc..

LISTERIOSIS

PERSONAL HEALTH FACT SHEET

What is Listeriosis?

Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with bacterium Listeria

monocytogenes. The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened

immune systems.

How is it spread?

- Listeria bacteria are widely distributed in soil and water, which

can contaminate certain foods including unpasteurized milk,

nonpasteurized soft cheese, deli-style meats, poultry and egg

products.

- The fetus and newborn are highly susceptible to transmission

from an infected pregnant woman causing miscarriage, stillbirth or

serious health problems.

- Elderly and immune-deficient people are also susceptible.

How is it treated?

- Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics.

- A diagnosis is made when the bacteria is found in blood, spinal

fluid, or amniotic fluid.

How can we prevent Listeriosis?

- Thoroughly cook raw meats.

- Wash raw vegetables thoroughly before eating.

- Thoroughly reheat ready-to-eat foods such as hot dogs and

deli-style meats before eating.

- Avoid soft cheeses, raw milk and smoked fish.

- Observe all package expiration dates.

- Avoid cross-contamination of ready-to-eat food with raw foods.

- Refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours.

- Wash hands, knives, and cutting boards after handling uncooked

foods.

SYMPTOMS OF

LISTERIOSIS

• Symptoms can occur

3-10 days after

exposure.

• Flu-like symptoms

such as fever, chills,

muscle aches, nausea,

diarrhea, headache.

• If the nervous system

is infected there may

be sudden onset of

intense headache, stiff

neck, nausea and

vomiting, confusion,

loss of balance,

convulsions.

• Infected pregnant

women may experience

miscarriage,

stillbirth, premature

delivery

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