7 Common Symptoms of a Listeria Infection

If you’re concerned about a recent recall and think you might have listeriosis, check your symptoms here.

7 Common Symptoms of a Listeria Infection

By Toni Gasparis

Listeriosis is a foodborne illness caused by consumption of foods contaminated with the listeria monocytogenes bacterium. Various produce, dairy, uncooked meats, and packaged produce can carry the listeria bacteria which can cause digestive problems, severe illness, and even death. Older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with a weakened immune system are the most at-risk populations. Symptoms of listeria can develop anywhere from three days to three months after ingesting the contaminated food. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms, it’s important that you contact your doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment options.


Listeria bacteria’s primary effects are in the digestive tract because it is present in contaminated foods. Therefore, it can disrupt the normal processes of digestion, which can result in diarrhea. While not all people experience it, excessive diarrhea is usually one of the first symptoms of listeria. If you are spending an abnormal amount of time in the bathroom and are continuously passing loose stool, or are concerned about your bowel movements, call your doctor for a consultation.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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