Listeria diagnosis is relatively simple and straightforward. When an individual develops symptoms such as a stiff neck or fever, a blood test can be performed to detect the bacteria. A spinal fluid test may be performed in some cases, which will cultivate the bacteria and determine if you are infected with Listeria monocytogenes. A Listeria diagnosis, while probably no cause for alarm in healthy people, can lead to serious complications in certain groups of individuals.
Some symptoms of Listeria infection are much like those of other gastrointestinal infections. Nausea and diarrhea, accompanied by muscle aches and fever are the usual signs. However, if headache, stiff neck or loss of balance occurs, serious risks may be a factor. A Listeria diagnosis can be more severe in immune-deficient people and pregnant women. If you believe you developed food poisoning due to contaminated foods you have eaten in a public place, contact a food poisoning attorney. Manufacturers of foods may be at fault as well; proper care may not have been taken to insure that foods were not tainted with Listeria .
A Listeria diagnosis in pregnant women, while not always serious, can put your unborn baby at risk. If you become infected during pregnancy, there may be increased chances of miscarriage, or even infection of the baby at birth. Stillbirth is a consequence in some instances. See your doctor at once if you believe you may be infected with Listeria.
Foods are very common source of stomach illnesses. While most people believe they have the stomach flu and simply wait it out, others may become severely ill on occasion. Any time you believe that you may have eaten contaminated foods, you may be eligible for compensation. A Listeria diagnosis often means that you have missed at least a few days of work, and you may have medical expenses for visiting your doctor. Manufacturers and those responsible for preparing meals in restaurants and other places where people commonly eat should be held accountable for their unsanitary and careless practices.
When you have symptoms of food poisoning or are diagnosed with Listeria, consider contacting a highly qualified New York food poisoning attorney to learn what your rights are, and what steps if any you should take. Foodborne illnesses are not often life-threatening, but can be. Always be cautious, and practice good judgment.