Research – Food Safety for Expectant Mothers to Prevent Listeria

Food Poisoning News

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared that pregnant women are approximately 10 times more likely to become infected with listeriosis than other healthy individuals. It is also estimated that 1 out of 6 of all Listeria cases occur in expectant mothers.

Listeria monocytogenes is a dangerous bacterium most often found in pre-prepared refrigerated foods such as dairy, poultry, seafood, meat, and unpasteurized milk or unpasteurized milk products. The symptoms experienced by adults from Listeriosis often include diarrhea or an upset stomach, chills, fever, stiff neck, confusion, and dizziness, and can take a couple days or even weeks to appear. Listeria can also be fatal at times for the mother. Most commonly however, infected pregnant women do not experience symptoms and unknowingly give it to their child. Listeriosis can lead to premature birth, delivery or a low-weight infant, or even death. Babies whom become infected with Listeriosis later are known to develop many serious conditions such as impairments of the brain, heart or kidney, paralysis, seizures, intellectual disability, and blindness. Listeria Monocytogenes can also cause meningitis and blood infections in newborns.

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