Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Listeriosis Transmission

Facts about listeriosis:

  • Listeria bacteria are normally present in the soil and water.
  • Most people get this infection from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Vegetables fertilized with manure may be contaminated with Listeria.
  • Uncooked meats, unwashed vegetables and unpasteurized dairy products may contain Listeria.
  • The infection may be passed from a pregnant woman, to her fetus.
  • Listeria cannot be directly transmitted from one person to another.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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