How is Listeria infection (listeriosis) prevented?

Updated: Jan 09, 2018
  • Author: Terence Zach, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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  • Advice for all persons to avoid Listeria infection

    • Wash hands, knives, and cutting boards after handling uncooked food.

    • Thoroughly cook all meat.

    • Thoroughly wash all vegetables.

    • Keep raw meats separate from other foods during preparation to avoid cross-contamination.

  • Advice for pregnant patients or patients with immunocompromise

    • Avoid soft cheeses such as Feta, Brie, blue cheese, Mexican-style cheese, and Camembert.

    • Thoroughly reheat leftovers.

    • Avoid deli foods unless thoroughly heated.

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