Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes)
Mouthwash maven Dr. Joseph Lister lent his name to this food-borne bacterium that pregnant women in particular should avoid.
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All about Listeria (Listeria monocytogenes)
|Name||The genus Listeria was named after Joseph Lister in 1940 for his work with surgical sterilization.|
|Where It Lives||It is a foodborne illness caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease can also be spread by infected animals or contaminated soil. Cool gift for foodies or doctors.|
|Symptoms||Fever, aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can cause pregnancy complications in women. Other people can have symptoms like headache and stiff neck.|
|Cure||Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics because it is a bacterial infection.|
1926: E. Murray isolated Listeria monocytogenes.
1997: Italy outbreak infected over 1500 people. The victims were primarily from two schools, and the infection was caused by improper food safety procedures in the cafeterias.
2011: 33 dead and 147 infected in 28 states from Colorado cantaloupes.
2015: Listeria in ice cream affected 10 people in multiple states. Out of those 10, 3 died.
The people at the highest risk are pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weak immune systems. Pregnant women are actually 10 times more likely to get Listeriosis than other people.
In the United States, listeria kills about 260 people annually, with 1600 infections.
Listeria can grow in the refrigerator! The way to kill off the bacteria is to cook or pasteurize the food.