Find out how listeriosis, a gastrointestinal illness with a high mortality rate, can get passed via a variety of foods from cooked eggs to deli meats.
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May 24, 2017
Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogen that causes listeriosis, a severe gastrointestinal illness. Unlike most other foodborne pathogens, listeria can grow at proper refrigeration temperatures. Listeriosis is a rare disease with a high mortality rate. People at highest risk include the elderly, pregnant women, young children and the immunosuppressed. In the U.S., 43% of food poisoning deaths are attributed to listeriosis.
Listeria can enter a restaurant via food contaminated:
Food particularly sensitive to listeria are:
Contributing factors associated with listeriosis risk include:
Read more about Listeria at the CDC.