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A woman in her 30s who gave birth at Ichilov Medical Center developed a Listeria bacterial infection. An investigation is underway over a possible connection with a Tel Aviv restaurant where the woman ordered a hamburger.

The woman gave birth in the 41st week of her pregnancy. The decision was made to deliver the child via caesarean section after she developed a fever during labor.

The mother and baby are receiving medication and their condition is listed as light. The case has not yet been reported to the Health Ministry.

Listeriosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Listeria Monocytogenes. The disease is often spread through infected foods, and typically causes flu-like symptoms. Listeriosis can be dangerous for pregnant women and newborn infants and can cause miscarriage or premature birth, as well as permanent health problems and even death for newborns.

Other at-risk groups include the elderly and the immunocompromised. Among these groups, the disease t can cause pneumonia, pericarditis and meningitis. Healthy people often do not suffer any symptoms from the bacterium.