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Can listeriosis run in families?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Listeriosis is not a genetic condition; it is a bacterial infection caused by contaminated food. Therefore, it does not run in families, and having a family member with listeriosis does not automatically increase your chances of having it, too. Listeriosis can be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn child, though, if the mother gets listeriosis and does not get prompt antibiotic treatment.

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