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July 1999 Issue

Only Certain People Need to Heed the Hysteria Over Listeria

Q. I keep hearing about recalls of contaminated hot dogs and cold cuts. Should I be concerned?A. Not necessarily. The risk of illness depends in large part on your age and your health status. For young and middle-aged healthy people, there is little risk. The microorganism responsible for the contaminated meats you've been hearing so much about is Listeria monocytogenes. The recalls made headlines, because Listeria can cause a potentially deadly illness called

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