Issued by: Dr Finn Romanes, Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: Health professionals
Date issued: 21 December 2016
- Listeriosis is a potentially serious infection caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
- Be alert for listeriosis in high risk patients over the summer months.
- The disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
- Most people contract listeriosis after eating contaminated food.
- Educate at-risk patients about safe food handling and which foods to avoid.
For the latest information about this issue see: Food safety and listeria
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