Can I handle meat if I have a high risk of serious illness from Listeria?

People at higher risk of serious illness from Listeria, especially older adults, those with a weakened immune system, and pregnant women, should avoid getting fluids from hot dog and lunch meat packages on other foods, utensils, and food preparation surfaces. They should also wash their hands after handling hot dogs, luncheon meats, and deli meats.

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