After deaths due to contaminated sausage: How dangerous is Listeria

Two people are in Germany, after the consumption of the germ is contaminated sausage and died (The star reported). The production operation Wilke sausage products was closed, in consequence, the products are extensively called back. In the Netherlands, there were also deaths to Listeria infections caused by contaminated meat. In the neighboring country of infection also led to a miscarriage. But what is Listeria anyway? Where are the germs? And for whom they can be dangerous?

The star answers the most important questions on the topic.

What is Listeria?

Listeria are rod-shaped bacteria that are widely distributed in the environment and, for example, in waters, in soil, in human and animal deposits. The germs are quite resistant, they withstand drought and survive at relatively low and relatively high temperatures.