Pregnant women are at high risk for getting sick from Listeria, harmful bacteria found in many foods. Listeria can lead to a disease called listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause miscarriage, premature delivery, serious sickness, or death of a newborn baby. If you are pregnant, you need to know what foods are safe to eat.
How will I know If I have listeriosis?
Because the illness could take weeks to show up, you may not know you have it. Early signs may include fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, and upset stomach. At first you may have flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, and upset stomach. Later you could develop a stiff neck, headache, convulsions, or lose your balance.
What should I do If I think I have listeriosis?
Call our office if you have any signs. If you have listeriosis, there are treatments that can be given.
Fight Bacteria – Fight BAC!®
- Clean: Wash hands often with soap and warm water. Use clean dishes, spoons, knives, and forks. Wash countertops with hot soapy water and clean up spills right away.
- Separate: Keep raw meat, fish, and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked.
- Cook: Cook food to a safe minimum internal temperature. Check with a food thermometer. Ground beef 160 °F; Pork 160 °F; Poultry 165 °F.
- Chill: Refrigerate or freeze within 2 hours–refrigerate or freeze within 1 hour in hot weather (above 90 °F). Don’t leave meat, fish, poultry, or cooked food sitting out.