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Can listeriosis be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Prevention is a high concern when it comes to listeriosis because the infection is a result of ingesting food with the bacteria. In general, being properly safe and cautious when preparing food and when choosing what to eat can prevent the illness. When preparing food, always cook meats and other such items to their recommended temperatures, and wash fresh produce thoroughly. The Listeria bacteria can survive in the refrigerator and freezer, so these precautions are important.

When choosing foods to eat, if you're pregnant or have a weak immunity, you'll want to avoid soft cheeses like feta and any kind of smoked seafood that comes straight from the refrigerator. You should also avoid deli meats and hot dogs unless you heat them to very high temperatures.

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