Fast Five Quiz: Common Food Poisoning Pathogens

Richard H. Sinert, DO


November 12, 2018

Mothers who acquire Listeria may experience influenzalike illnesses, with headache, malaise, fever, backache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and chills. Mothers with Listeria infections may also undergo premature labor.

Person-to-person transmission does not occur; therefore, isolation precautions are not necessary. The incubation period for Listeria ranges from 3 to 70 days.

Cerebrospinal fluid culture findings are positive in nearly 100% of patients with listeriosis. Serologic testing is not reliable. Stool cultures are neither sensitive nor specific.

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