a large family of bacteria found throughout the environment (soil, dust, water, unwashed raw produce, fish, undercooked poultry, prepared meats such as hot dogs and deli meats, and faeces of domestic and wild animals). Listeria monocytogenes is the specific bacteria form that causes the infection "listeriosis". The most common human source of infection is contaminated foods: delicatessan meats, unpasteurized milk or dairy products, soft cheeses, and paté. Once infected, Listeria lives in the gastrointestinal Maternal listeriosis with symptoms has a risk (2-14 days after maternal infection) of for miscarriage, stillbirth, uterine infection, premature labor, and death in the newborn period. (More? Abnormal Development)
monocytogenes a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning in humans.
any species of the genus Listeria
a Gram-positive rod which is not capable of forming endospores
Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-positive bacterium, found in at least 37 mammalian species, as well as 17 species of birds and possibly some fish and shellfish. The bacteria can be isolated from soil, and is resistant to heat, freezing and drying. Listeria has been associated with foods such as raw milk, soft-ripened cheeses, ice cream, raw vegetables, raw and cooked poultry, raw meat and raw and smoked fish. Unlike other pathogenic bacteria, such as salmonella, listeria can survive and grow at temperatures as low as 5¡C (41¡F). Acute infection with listeria may result in flu-like symptoms including persistent fever, followed by septicemia, meningitis, encephalitis, and intrauterine or cervical infections in pregnant women. Possible gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, alone or couple with other symptoms (mentioned above).
A group of bacteria capable of causing miscarriage (spontaneous abortion ), stillbirth and premature birth and which can also cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and persons with a weakened immune system. Listeria contamination has been responsible for numerous recalls of food. See the entire definition of Listeria
Listeria is a bacteria often found in soil, vegetation, fodder, and humans and animals feces. * Listeria can be contracted by eating or even touching dairy products, vegetables, and fish and meat products that are contaminated with the bacteria. * Symptoms can start with flu-like nausea, vomiting, cramps, and fever, however the most severe symptoms can result in a brain or blood infection. find all NHC pages containing: listeria
Listeria is a bacterial genus containing six species. Named in honour of Joseph Lister, Listeria species are Gram positive bacilli and are typified by L. monocytogenes, the causative agent of Listeriosis.