A Listeria Outbreak That Has Been Linked To Cantaloupe Has Sickened 16 People And Been Cited In The Deaths Of Four. Listeria Is Especially Dangerous To Developing Babies, So Pregnant Women Should Be Aware.

A listeria outbreak that has been linked to cantaloupe has sickened 16 people and been cited in the deaths of four. Listeria is especially dangerous to developing babies, so pregnant women should be aware.
There is a listeria outbreak in cantaloupe and I wanted to share it here on Pregnancy and Baby because listeria can be very dangerous in pregnant women.
Listeria is a bacterial infection that originates in contaminated foods. It generally affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC. Symptoms of listeria include fever and muscle aches, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, neck stiffness, headache, loss of balance, confusion, and convulsions.
For an expectant mama, listeria may cause flu-like symptoms, but it's rarely deadly. However, it can be very deadly to her growing baby. Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in a newborn baby. According to the CDC, pregnant women are 20 times more likely to become infected with listeria than the average healthy person. The current outbreak has been linked to cantaloupe in Colorado. People in five states - Colorado, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska - have been affected so far, and the listeria outbreak has sicked at least 16 people and caused four deaths. Because listeria is so dangerous to a pregnant woman's baby, you should be aware of this listeria outbreaks and potentially avoid cantaloupe until the food is deemed safe again.

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