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CDC Vital Signs: Protecting people from deadly Listeria food poisoning

CDC & Food Safety


Special Issue: Vital Signs

Protecting People from Deadly Listeria Food Poisoning

June 5, 2013

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When Food Bites Back

Protecting people from deadly Listeria food poisoning

 Each month the CDC Vital Signs Program releases a call-to-action about an important public health topic that uses the latest available surveillance data. Today’s release is about food poisoning caused by Listeria and the people it targets.


All New!  Vital Signs Town Hall

When Food Bites Back: Act Locally, Control Nationally

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)

Click here to learn more: http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/townhall/2013/06/vitalsigns.html

Here are some facts:

Most at risk: Listeria targets older adults, pregnant women and their babies, and those with weakened immune systems. These hard-hit groups account for at least 90 percent of reported Listeria infections.
  • Deadly consequences: Listeria is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning. Most people who have Listeria infections require hospital care and about 1 in 5 of them die.
  • Risky foods: Listeria can hide unnoticed in food-processing equipment subsequently leading to food contamination. Listeria outbreaks are mainly caused by soft Mexican-style cheeses like queso fresco and other soft cheeses that were either made from unpasteurized milk or that got contaminated during cheese-making. Some outbreaks have also been caused by foods that people may not think of as risky for Listeria, like celery, sprouts, and cantaloupe.
  • Progress stalled:  Data indicate that no progress in reducing the rate of Listeria infection has occurred in over a decade.  New food safety regulations proposed this year may help. 
listeria is the 3rd leading cause of death from food poisoning

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Did you know that #Listeria is the 3rd leading cause of death from food poisoning?  Learn which groups are at greatest risk. #VitalSigns www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/listeria/index.html
Soft cheese, hot dogs, and raw milk, oh my! Learn how to prevent food poisoning from Listeria and other #foodborne germs. #VitalSigns www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/listeria/index.html
Listeria can hide in many foods

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