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What Is Listeria? | Care2 Healthy Living: Robyn Hessinger is Care2's Editor-In-Chief. As a veggie-loving yogini

What Is Listeria? | Care2 Healthy Living: Robyn Hessinger is Care2's Editor-In-Chief. As a veggie-loving yogini

We hear about salmonella and e.coli relatively often nowadays but listeria, for the most part has avoided the limelight. Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Like many foodborne illnesses , the disease causes the most serious problems to those with weakened immune systems including the elderly, pregnant women, and babies. Pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get sick and in fact, 17 percent of all cases are pregnant women. And without knowing it, a pregnant woman can pass it on to her unborn baby. It’s the third most deadly foodborne illness with 1,600 becoming infected and 260 dying each year. The bacteria is found in soil and water and animals can carry the disease without even appearing to be ill. According to the CDC : Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking; however, in some ready-to-eat foods, such as hot do...

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