Pregnant women more at risk Listeriosis

Milk is a good source of nutrients. But a health expert warns, raw, unpasteurized milk may contain harmful bacteria that may pose serious health risks especially to pregnant women.
Date Posted: Mar 1, 2017

Milk is a good source of nutrients. But a health expert warns, raw, unpasteurized milk may contain harmful bacteria that may pose serious health risks especially to pregnant women. 

This is because women, when pregnant, have a mildly impaired immune system that make them more susceptible to Listeriosis.

Listeriosis is an infection caused by ingesting food contaminated with bacteria that can be found in soil, water, processed food and food made from unpasteurized milk.

The common symptoms of Listeria infection are headaches, diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

According to Dr. Maria Auxilla, a microbiologist, Listeria thrives even in cold temperatures inside a refrigerator. 

Dr. Marian de Leon, a microbiologist, meanwhile said that Listeria are not only found in food. It may also be transferred to utensils by a kitchen sponge through cross-contamination.

Cleaning kitchen items thoroughly using an antibacterial dishwashing liquid soap can help eradicate germs and prevent the spread of disease, De Leon said.

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