The news that Blue Bell Creameries has pulled all of its products off the shelves nationwide has generated questions about listeria, the bacteria implicated in the outbreak of illness that has been linked to three deaths.

Mary Clare Jalonick (@MCJalonick) of the Associated Press has put together a helpful Q&A about listeria, including symptoms, food safety tips, and more. Well worth a read.


Listeria is less well-known than other pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, which cause many more illnesses in tainted food every year. But one in five people who get sick from listeria can die. The people wh’o get sick from listeria are often already weaker and more vulnerable to disease.

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