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What increases my risk for listeriosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The group of people highest at risk for listeriosis is pregnant women. In fact, nearly one in three cases of listeriosis affects a pregnant woman. Such women have weakened immune systems, making infection easier to take hold. In general, people with lowered immunity, like those with AIDS or kidney problems, are at higher risk for this infection. Also at risk are older people, newborn babies, and people who are on gastrointestinal medication.

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