In this article, I want to talk about listeria infections, bacteria we don’t really hear about in the general population, but something that pregnant women need to consider during pregnancy. Why is listeriosis so important during pregnancy?
After reading this article, you will better understand the health advice given to you at the start of your pregnancy to prevent risks associated with listeria infections. It can be dangerous for you, your pregnancy and your baby.
In this article:
The Listeria Bacteria
The listeria bacteria is found in the ground, untreated water, infected animal stool and in some foods.
Since these bacteria are frequently found in the environment, you can eat foods contaminated by it and yet not develop an infection. That is why the infection is rare in the general population.
Listeria infections affect people who have a weaker immune system, such as:
- People treated for cancer;
- People who have had transplants;
- People on dialysis;
- Pregnant women;
In Quebec, the illness must be declared to the Institut de Santé Publique du Québec to monitor its presence in the general population.
Do you know the signs of a listeria infection?
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