As the CDC investigates a deadly listeria outbreak, here’s what an expert says pregnant women should refuse to eat
With an uptick in news about food-poisoning outbreaks, pregnant women need to be aware of which foods carry certain risks.
A listeria outbreak in four states has sickened at least eight people, killing one, according to the CDC.
Foodborne illnesses such as listeria can be riskier for pregnant women and their unborn children than the average person.
Food-poisoning expert Bill Marler advises people to avoid foods including sprouts, raw eggs, and pre-cut fruits and vegetables while pregnant.
Food-poisoning outbreaks have been sweeping the United States. And, with news of outbreaks on the rise, expectant mothers need to be especially careful.
On Thursday, the CDC announced it is investigating a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people across four states. All eight people have been hospitalized, and one person has died. According to the CDC, the outbreak has been linked to sliced deli meat.
While foodborne illnesses are rarely pleasant, certain types can hit pregnant people and newborns especially hard. According to food-poisoning expert Bill Marler, listeria should be a top concern for any expectant mother.
“Listeria illnesses in moms pass to the baby in uterus and can kill or damage the baby,” Marler, who is an attorney specializing in foodborne-illness cases, told Business Insider.
Read more: 212 people are dead and hundreds more are seriously ill in the largest listeria outbreak in history
More than 200 people died in a listeria outbreak stemming from a meat-production plant in Polokwane, South Africa, last year. Newborns were the most likely to be impacted by the outbreak, with 91 babies under the age of 28 days old dying as a result of listeriosis.
To reduce the risk of foodborne illness, pregnant women should avoid eating certain foods, according to Marler and the CDC. Here’s what the food-poisoning expert says to …read more
Source:: Business Insider