Listeriosis is a foodborne illness caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, which are found in water, soil, and a variety of raw and processed foods and products made form unpasteurized milk. Listeria is especially dangerous because, unlike many other germs, it can prosper in the colder temperatures of a refrigerator.
Listeria symptoms may include fever and chills, headache, upset stomach, and vomiting. The illness may be contracted by anyone, but is most likely to affect pregnant women and unborn babies, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
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