Listeria is a bacterium found in food that is beginning to rot. Listeria is also found in raw animal products including meat and cheese, and in soil – which can lead to it being found in vegetables.
Listeria infection causes a disease, listeriosis. Groups which are particularly at risk of listerriosis are effects pregnant women, the elderly, babies and people with a weak immune system. High levels of Listeria are found in unpasteurised cheese, milk and pâtés.
High temperature, muscle pains, diarrhoea, convulsions, nausea and vomiting.
Listeriosis has a longer incubation period than other common food poisoning infections. Symptoms can occur between 3-70 days from being infected, but usually at around 21 days. The duration period can last from a few days up to a few months which often requires hospital attention.
Take caution with the food you eat e.g. check meats are cooked properly throughout. Do not drink unpasteurised milk. Wash hands regularly.
If you think you have suffered from of listeria food poisoning as a result of your stay at a hotel where the hygiene was poor you may be entitled to claim for compensation. It is important that you get independent legal advice as soon as possible.
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