Title

Listeriosis and toxoplasmosis in pregnancy: essentials for healthcare providers

Aurora Affiliations

Midwifery and Wellness Center

Abstract

Listeriosis and toxoplasmosis are foodborne illnesses that can have long-term consequences when contracted during pregnancy. Listeriosis is implicated in stillbirth, preterm labor, newborn sepsis, and meningitis, among other complications. Toxoplasmosis is associated with blindness, cognitive delays, seizures, and hearing loss, among other significant disabilities. Healthcare providers who understand the fundamentals of Listeria and Toxoplasma infection will have the tools to identify symptoms and high-risk behaviors, educate women to make safer decisions, and provide anticipatory guidance if a pregnant woman would become infected with either of these foodborne illnesses.

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

27104604

DOI

10.1097/JPN.0000000000000164