Healthy people rarely become ill from listeria infection, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies and newborns. People who have weakened immune systems are also at higher risk of life-threatening complications. Prompt antibiotic treatment can help curb the effects of listeria infection. Listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration and even freezing. That's why people who are at higher risk for serious infections should avoid eating the types of food most likely to contain listeria bacteria.
By Dr. Mercola
An outbreak of the foodborne illness listeriosis has been reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you get this potentially serious infection by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
This is the disease the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) often uses as its poster child in its warnings against drinking raw milk, but this actually deflects from the fact that people are dying from listeria found in other commonly eaten foods.
Perhaps the FDA and the CDC should start letting people know that raw milk is not the only source of listeria nor is it the most common one! In the latest outbreak, reported in February 2014, people were sickened by eating cheese that was pasteurized.
Pasteurized Mexican Cheeses at Root of Latest Listeria Outbreak
According to the CDC, a total of eight people have been infected with listeria in two states (Maryland and California). …
Treatment of listeria infection varies, depending on the severity of the signs and symptoms. Most people with mild symptoms require no treatment. More serious infections can be treated with antibiotics. During pregnancy, prompt antibiotic treatment may help keep the infection from affecting the baby. Newborns who have a listeria infection may receive a combination of antibiotics.
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