Listeriosis is an infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria, Listeria. The symptoms consist of a fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea and diarrhea. If the infection spreads, symptoms such as a stiff neck, loss of balance or convulsions may also occur.
As Listeria is often found in raw foods and in unpasteurized milk and foods, following proper sanitation guidelines regarding food treatment will best prevent infection.
Information for the General Public
Information for Public Health Departments
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Food Safety and Raw Milk
- Mayo Clinic
- MedLine Plus
- Partnership for Food Safety Education
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Food Safety; At-Risk Groups