Anyone ever have Listeria food poisoning?

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   Posted 1/19/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess it's different than Salmonella poisoning, but I'm not sure how.

Some pre-packaged apple slices that I was eating were recalled b/c of Listeria, and while I was eating those apples I did get really sick and even missed a few days of work. I am feeling ok now, but not 100%. I am wondering if you need antibiotics to get rid of Listeria, or if it passes on its own like Salmonella does.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 1/19/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am not sure but when did you eat the apples? Antibotics I think are used for it, I think I'd go get tested or see your Dr. lol gail
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm no expert, but we did have a listeria outbreak here in Ontario recently. As I recall, if you're healthy, listeria really isn't a big threat. It ofter passes undetected. Quite the contrary if unwell or elderly. It can most certainly be serious or even deadly. Like Gail suggested, best to contact the Dr. just to be on the safe side. 


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I got tested just to play it safe. Monte - my doc warned me that people with Crohn's are more susceptible to food poisoning since our immune systems are generally pretty weak.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   

As far as i know your body will hopefully expell the listeria on its is certainly a type of food poisoning.  Lysteria is in almost all of the air we breath and just about all organic based foods ...there are at least two kinds of lysteria...the bad one is lysteria monocytogonies.  If you have a compromised system then you run a greater chance of getting sick.....most treatments for mild cases is time and treatment of the symptoms......ten or more years ago there was big outbreak in some cheese sold in California....I am pretty sure that as many as 9 people died in that outbreak.


It has been around for ever and occurs natuarlly....but it has only been in the last 10 to 15 years that science discovered it. 

I would think if you have gotten over it and your doctor is not worried you should be fine and may have now built some resitance to it.

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