Listeria Sources, Intubation Period, Duration, Risks
Sources of Listeria
- Ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs
- Refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads
- Unpasteurized (raw) milk and dairy products
- Soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, such as queso fresco, Feta, Brie, Camembert
- Refrigerated smoked seafood
- Raw sprouts
The incubation period for Listeria infection is 3-70 days.
Symptoms of Listeria infection include:
- Fever, stiff neck, confusion, weakness, vomiting, sometimes preceded by diarrhea
The duration of illness from Listeria infection can be days to weeks.
Who's at Risk for Listeria Infection?
- Older adults
- Pregnant women
- People with weakened immune systems
- Organ transplant patients who are receiving drugs to prevent the body from rejecting the organ
People with certain diseases, such as:
- HIV/AIDS or other autoimmune diseases
- End-stage renal disease
- Liver disease