Listeriosis is an invasive infection of the gastrointestinal tract, with a tendency to spread to different parts of the body if not treated effectively. Older adults, expecting women, newborns and adults with a weak immune system can develop this severe condition through the consumption of food that has been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria. The most common symptoms of listeriosis are muscle pain, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, confusion, loss of balance, stiffness in the neck, and headache and at times even convulsions. Listeriosis can be fatal during pregnancy as it can lead to a miscarriage or even cause still birth.
HOW IS LISTERIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The listeriosis bacteria contaminates raw vegetables, unpasteurized milk and some processed foods like soft cheese.