You may be taking a break from some of your favorite snacks lately, due to recent concerns over listeria bacteria in food products. Varieties of Blue Bell Ice Cream were recently recalled over listeria concerns, and earlier this month, Sabra Hummus was pulled from store shelves after a package in Michigan tested positive for the bacteria.

 

Listeria is a food-borne, bacterial infection most often passed through unpasteurized dairy products and deli meats that haven’t been processed properly. Other foods that may contain listeria include soft cheeses like brie or camembert, raw sprouts, refrigerated smoked seafood, pates, meat spreads and hot dogs.

 

Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis wants those most at risk for listeria infections — pregnant women, older adults and people with compromised immune systems — to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this bacterial infection.

 

Common listeria symptoms include fevers, aching muscles, nausea and diarrhea. If you notice any of the signs below, seek medical attention immediately. Signs the infection has progressed include:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion or changes in alertness
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions

Since pregnant women are susceptible to listeria infection, newborns are at risk, too. If you notice your infant showing any of the signs below, seek emergency care immediately, as the infection can be fatal.

  • Little interest in feeding
  • Irritability
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

For tips to help prevent listeria infections, click here!

 

And don’t hesitate to come to Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis if you think you or someone you know has been exposed to listeria. We’re here to help!