Pregnant women who experience listeriosis may only experience mild flu-like symptoms, however, a doctor’s examination can help you determine your health condition. Listeria infection will pose a risk premature birth, miscarriages, and babies die after birth. In addition, Listeria infection, known as listeriosis in pregnancy, can cause various infections, including gastroenteritis characterized by vomiting and diarrhea, bacterial infection in the blood, bacteremia, pneumonia, meningitis, osteomyelitis or infection of the bones, and endocarditis or infection of the lining in in the heart. Although listeriosis cases are relatively rare in pregnant women, for individuals who experience decline and problems with their immune system will increase this risk. So it is important to know the symptoms of listeriosis and have it checked by your doctor. This is to immediately initiate treatment and minimize serious infections that can threaten the mother and fetus.
Pregnant women who suffer from listeriosis will receive antibiotics with medical assistance using antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) catheter. In general, treatment will last about 10 days and take place in a hospital or clinic. For pregnant women who have a compromised immune system that is compromised by infection or disease, it increases the risk of severe listeriosis infection and requires serious treatment. During pregnancy you can take steps to prevent Listeriosis. Although there is no vaccine against the bacteria that causes listeriosis, you can help reduce the risk to your family by taking safety precautions from consuming certain foods:
1. Always cook food, especially meat and eggs, thoroughly to the right temperature. Avoid consuming foods that are half cooked.
2. Always keep fruits and vegetables clean before consumption.
3. Consume pasteurized milk, and ensure that it is chilled to a suitable temperature, which is less than 40 ° F (4 ° C). Also avoid foods made with unpasteurized milk.
4. Those of you with immune problems should avoid eating cheese unless the cheese has a clear label stating they are made from pasteurized milk.
5. You can heat packaged foods such as canned meat to make sure the microorganisms do not interfere with the health of you and the fetus.
6. Always wash hands and utensils after handling or processing raw food.