Listeria is a bacteria found in soil, water and animals, including cattle and poultry. Listeriosis is a serious form of gastroenteritis caused by Listeria, and it can be very dangerous in small babies, the elderly and during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman is infected with Listeria, there is an increased risk of premature labour, stillbirth and various complications for the baby.
In this section we look at the symptoms of Listeriosis and the types of food that typically the carry Listeria bacteria. We also discuss Listeria in pregnancy, and simple ways to reduce the risk of getting Listeria infection.