Date issued: 19 September 2023
Issued by: Dr. Clare Looker, Chief Health Officer
Issued to: Health professionals and the Victorian community
- There are currently a number of multi-state clusters of listeriosis under investigation nationally. Five cases of listeriosis have been reported in Victorian residents this August, the highest monthly total since 2018.
- Listeriosis is an uncommon but potentially serious infection caused by eating foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
- People at increased risk include older people, pregnant women and their babies, people with a weakened immune system, and people with underlying health conditions such as cancer, liver or kidney disease, or diabetes.
- People at increased risk of listeriosis should avoid consuming high-risk foods.
- Read the full advisory on health.vic.