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Listeria meningitis

Listeria bacteria can be found in foods such as unpasteurised soft cheeses, pate and shellfish

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Babies, older people and people with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk.

The facts

  • These bacteria may cause flu-like illness with diarrhoea in pregnant women, but may also cause premature labour and neonatal meningitis.
  • A baby with a Listeria infection will usually be unwell from the time of birth, although late onset disease is also recognised
  • Very few cases of Listeria meningitis now occur each year in the UK. This is the result of a successful education campaign warning about the dangers of eating certain foods during pregnancy

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