Listeria (Listeriosis)


Listeria attacks the human immune system. The illness is a bacterial infection. It is transmitted through food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Most people can fight this virus because there immune system is strong enough to kill it. The virus can be transferred between a pregnant woman and a new born child, but is rare.


This virus affects a human organism. People who are most likely to get this illness are pregnant women, unborn babies and older adults. These people are likely to get this because there immune systems do not have the power to kill off this virus.


Most people who are infected by listeria experience symptoms of fever and muscle aches. Some people have will have diarrhea after the fever and muscle aches. The symptoms vary depending on the type of person. Pregnant women will experience fever and fatigue and aches. Sometimes this can cause a miscarriage or stillbirth during pregnancy. Other people will get head aches, stiff neck and confusion in addition to fever and aches. The virus damages a persons immune system.

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Listeria is found in the immune system of the human body. It can be found around the world because the bacteria can be in any food grown.


The mortality rate for listeria is 20-30 present. This disease can be prevented by using precooked and ready to eat foods. People should avoid raw milk and raw milk product. When recooking leftovers and ready to eat foods, warm until steaming hot to make sure the food does not have the virus. Another way to prevent getting the virus is to wash fresh fruits and vegetables. Listeria is treated by antibodies.

Nick Antonopoulos 4/26/15 d block