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How would I know if I have listeria?


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Dr. Sameer Kumar

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Published At May 26, 2016
Reviewed AtDecember 15, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am 34 weeks pregnant. What are the symptoms of listeria? I read somewhere that a pregnant women may not have symptoms at all. How would I know if I have it? Also there is opened unpasteurized cheese in the fridge. Can that cheese contaminate an opened package of cheese, just by being beside it? I am worried about listeria and would appreciate your advice on this topic. Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar


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Pregnant women typically experience fever and other non-specific symptoms of listeriasuch as fatigue and aches. Besides symptoms, a blood culture is the most ideal way of diagnosis of listeria. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. Listeria can grow and multiply in some foods in the refrigerator. Unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheeses as well as other foods made from unpasteurized milk often tend to become sources for listeria infection. It can also contaminate other foods provided the listeria from one has been transferred mechanically during usage and touching other foods.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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