Infections caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites are a major cause of illness and death around the globe. Even in developed countries, illnesses transmitted through contaminated foods and by contact with animals and their environment pose a significant burden on public health.
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Infection from Listeria monocytogenes typically occurs in individuals with a weakened or suppressed immune system. Here’s how it happens and what you can do to prevent Listeria from entering your home.
If a woman is first exposed to Toxo during or shortly before pregnancy, she has a 20 to 50% chance of passing it on to her unborn baby. Cats are the carrier and exposure to the parasite in the cat’s feces can lead to food contamination, and then human exposure.