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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:
    • Newborns
    • Elderly
    • 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)
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