Listeria monocytogenes Infection (cont.)
Listeriosis Risk Factors
Listeriosis is a disease that rarely affects healthy individuals. However, several risk factors do exist for acquiring and developing listeriosis.
- Eating or drinking food products contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes is the greatest risk factor for developing listeriosis.
- Certain patient populations are at greater risk for developing listeriosis:
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with a poorly functioning immune system (for example, patients with AIDS, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, alcoholics, or those taking immunosuppressive medications)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014