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Bugs that make you sick - Listeriosis

 

Cause : Listeria monocytogenes . Bacteria widespread in nature can live in soil as well as intestinal tracts of humans and animals.

Examples of foods Involved : Raw milk, soft cheese, undercooked meat or poultry. Processed foods such as hot dogs, luncheon meats and smoked fish.

Symptoms : Headache, fever, and nausea. Can lead to meningitis. Can result in miscarriage or stillbirth. Pregnant women, infants, and persons with low resistance to infections (such as cancer patients) are most susceptible. Can result in death.

Onset : 9-48 hours for intestinal symptoms. 2-6 weeks for meningitis and other serious complications.

Duration : Variable.

Prevention : Cook foods of animal origin thoroughly. Use pasteurized milk and dairy products. Do not use animal manure in vegetable garden unless composted. If pregnant or immunocompromised, reheat hot dogs, lunch meats, deli meats and refrigerated smoked fish to 160°F (71.1°C).

Bugs that make you sick:

Bacteria
Virus
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