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  • deaths
  • According to the best available estimates by public health and food safety experts, millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths each year in this country can be traced to contaminated food. (fightbac.org)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that foodborne microorganisms cause 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. (fightbac.org)
  • The 2010 adjusted number for food-borne illnesses is about 86 million a year and more than 9,000 deaths a year. (bloggernews.net)
  • causes
  • The dominant group usually causes intestinal issues like cramps or diarrhea, with a fraction of the patients developing meningitis. (healthtap.com)
  • species
  • There are several Listeria species but only Listeria monocytogenes is harmful to humans. (mpi.govt.nz)
  • Listeria species are gram-positive, rod-shaped, and facultatively anaerobic, and do not produce endospores. (wikipedia.org)
  • All species within the Listeria genus are gram-positive, catalase-positive rods and do not produce endospores. (wikipedia.org)
  • Under the microscope, Listeria species appear as small rods, which are sometimes arranged in short chains. (wikipedia.org)
  • Flagella are produced at room temperature, but not at 37°C. Hemolytic activity on blood agar has been used as a marker to distinguish L. monocytogenes from other Listeria species, but it is not an absolutely definitive criterion. (wikipedia.org)
  • Further biochemical characterization may be necessary to distinguish between the different species of Listeria. (wikipedia.org)
  • The organisms which are targeted are species that predominate in the female genitourinary tract and to which neonates are especially vulnerable to, specifically Group B Streptococcus, Escherichia coli, and Listeria monocytogenes (This is the main rationale for using ampicillin versus other beta-lactams. (wikipedia.org)
  • serious illness
  • However, persons in a high-risk group who have eaten contaminated product and become ill within 2 months with fever or signs of serious illness should consult a physician. (cdc.gov)
  • soil
  • Sources of Listeria include most animals, soil, vegetation and sewerage. (pregnancy.com.au)
  • Listeria-or Listeria monocytogenes, if you're feeling scholarly- can be found in everything from soil to water, chickens to cows, so it's no surprise when listeria finds its way into the food we eat. (greatist.com)
  • By comparing the sequences of Listeria drawn from soil and drawn from the human gut, Cossart identified non-coding RNAs that contribute to Listeria's virulence, identified additional RNA repressors, and determined that riboswitches can act both downstream and upstream. (wikipedia.org)
  • coli
  • Since 1982, E. coli O157:H7 has emerged as an important cause of foodborne illness. (fightbac.org)
  • The ERS estimates that the annual economic cost of illness caused by shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC O157) is $478 million (2009). (fightbac.org)
  • The decline in E. coli -related illnesses is in part the result of strong actions taken by the Department of Agriculture in 1994. (motherjones.com)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Pneumococcal meningitis contacts are not, since the germ is relatively common among normal individuals and it has not been found necessary. (healthtap.com)
  • Some forms of meningitis are preventable by immunization with the meningococcal, mumps, pneumococcal, and Hib vaccines. (wikipedia.org)
  • commonly
  • Other signs commonly associated with meningitis include photophobia (intolerance to bright light) and phonophobia (intolerance to loud noises). (wikipedia.org)
  • Although Kernig's sign and Brudzinski's sign are both commonly used to screen for meningitis, the sensitivity of these tests is limited. (wikipedia.org)
  • food
  • Because of this, Listeria can easily enter our food chain. (pregnancy.com.au)
  • The best way to avoid Listeria is by using good food hygiene. (pregnancy.com.au)
  • Listeria monocytogenes occurs widely in nature and can be transmitted through food, especially ready-to-eat products such as deli meats and salads, cooked poultry products, smoked seafood, soft cheeses and refrigerated foods with a long shelf life. (mpi.govt.nz)
  • Food-borne illnesses cause lost productivity, expensive medical care along with potential serious complications and/or chronic disabilities. (bloggernews.net)
  • Food-borne illnesses can also lead to residual illnesses ranging from arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, kidney pain and countless other debilitating problems that can plague victims for the rest of their lives. (bloggernews.net)
  • Â Â Â There are more than 200 known food-borne illnesses and diseases. (bloggernews.net)
  • There is no one "syndrome" that typifies a food-borne illness. (bloggernews.net)
  • Big Boy Food Group Recall Ready-To-Eat Meals Big Boy Food Group, of Warren, Michigan, is recalling approximately 39,514 pounds of ready-to-eat meal kits that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. (yourlawyer.com)
  • The Food Standards Agency said: "Tesco has taken the precautionary step of recalling some flavoured butter products due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. (wigantoday.net)
  • Listeria: WTF Is It and Should I Be Worried About All These Food Recalls? (greatist.com)
  • The main route of acquisition of Listeria is through the ingestion of contaminated food products. (wikipedia.org)
  • Infant food safety is the identification of risky food handling practices and the prevention of illness in infants. (wikipedia.org)
  • fever
  • Another test, known as the "jolt accentuation maneuver" helps determine whether meningitis is present in those reporting fever and headache. (wikipedia.org)
  • foods
  • By being careful when eating out, you can reduce the risk of eating foods that may be contaminated with Listeria. (pregnancy.com.au)
  • Listeria meningitis is usually contracted from eating foods contaminated with listeria. (healthtap.com)
  • avoiding foods that are at high risk of listeria . (mpi.govt.nz)
  • Some foods have a higher risk of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes than others, and should be avoided by people in at-risk groups. (mpi.govt.nz)
  • We are really pushing the boundaries of nature by subjecting foods that are typically eaten within a very short time of their preparation to long distribution and storage cycles, all of which foster the growth of listeria," Shelke says. (greatist.com)
  • Listeria has been found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, fruit such as cantaloupes and apples, pasteurized or unpasteurized milk, foods made from milk, and processed foods. (wikipedia.org)