What is listeriosis and how do we ensure that our care home residents are kept as safe as possible from the risks of food poisoning with listeria?

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What is listeriosis and how do we ensure that our care home residents are kept as safe as possible from the risks of food poisoning with listeria?

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Listeriosis is the name of the foodborne illness caused by infection with the listeria monocytogenes bacterium. It is a rare form of food poisoning that typically causes mild symptoms of gastroenteritis in healthy adults. These symptoms usually last for a short time and then disappear without the need for treatment.

For certain groups of people, however, listeriosis can be a serious and even life-threatening illness. Those most at risk include:

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