Listeria, or food poisoning, is a bacterial disease caused by contaminated foods such as improperly processed meats, raw sprouts, smoked seafood, etc.Pregnant women, people above 65 years old, and people with weakened immunity are mostly affected by listeria. Listeria can be quickly treated by antibiotic medications. Symptoms of the disease include fever, chills, body ache, nausea, and diarrhea. If the disease spreads to an individual’s nervous system, it may cause headache, stiff neck, and convulsions, as well as other serious conditions.
During pregnancy, the disease may cause only minor signs and symptoms in the mother, but the baby is likely to suffer badly; it can die in the womb or have a fatal infection within a few days of birth. It’s important to see your doctor if you have a fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea. People preparing food should always wash their hands, countertops, chopping boards, and utensils. Food, especially meats, should be cooked to the appropriate temperature, and it must be kept in proper containers. Severe cases of listeria may cause serious medical conditions such as arthritis, kidney failure, brain and nerve damage, and even death.