Listeria meningitis

  • This form of meningitis occurs mainly in babies, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems.
  • It can be passed from mother to foetus during pregnancy or labour.
  • When illness occurs very soon after birth, the most common problem is pneumonia and respiratory distress.
  • Meningitis mainly occurs in babies who develop illness two or three days after birth.
  • Late-onset infection may also occur through contact with other infected infants or adults who handle the baby.

Very few cases now occur each year in the UK and Ireland, largely due to successful education campaigns about the dangers of eating unpasteurised milk products or contaminated pate, poultry or shellfish in pregnancy.

The disease can be very serious, with a death rate of about 30%.

Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours - know the symptoms.
There are safe and effective vaccines available that that protect against the most common causes of life-threatening bacterial meningitis and septicaemia
Dr Fiona McGill answers one of our most frequently asked questions.
Connect families affected by meningitis so they don’t feel alone
Connect families affected by meningitis so they don’t feel alone
£58 funds one support worker to attend our ‘Meningitis Meet-Ups’ – a chance for families affected by meningitis to meet each other for informal peer support.
Membership and support

The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you, or your family and friends.

Tel: Helpline UK 080 8800 3344 Ireland 1800 41 33 44