Listeriosis

Common Name(s)

Listeriosis

Listeriosis is a form of bacterial infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes, The severity of this condition ranges from minor flu-like symptoms to death. The bacteria can attack the central nervous system, causing a variety of neurological problems, including meningitis, seizures and loss of certain brain functions. In addition, individuals with a weak immune system are susceptible to systemic problems. Normal individuals often experience digestive problems or stomach pain. Individuals may contract this infection from eating contaminated food; the bacteria enters other organ systems by passing through the intestinal walls. Doctors diagnose this disease through blood and cerebrospinal fluid examinations. Treatment depends on the severity of the infection. Doctors often provide patients with long-term doses of antibiotics, primarily ampicillin and gentamicin, to rid the body of the bacteria.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Listeriosis" returned 150 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Notes from the field: multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to soft-ripened cheese--United States, 2013.
 

Author(s): Mary J Choi, Kelly A Jackson, Carlota Medus, Jennifer Beal, Carrie E Rigdon, Tami C Cloyd, Matthew J Forstner, Jill Ball, Stacy Bosch, Lyndsay Bottichio, Venessa Cantu, David C Melka, Wilete Ishow, Sarah Slette, Kari Irvin, Matthew Wise, Cheryl Tarr, Barbara Mahon, Kirk E Smith, Benjamin J Silk,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2014 Apr;63(13):294-5.

 

On June 27, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health notified CDC of two patients with invasive Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) whose clinical isolates had indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns. A query of PulseNet, the national molecular ...

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2014

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Multistate outbreak of listeriosis associated with cantaloupe.
 

Author(s): Jeffrey T McCollum, Alicia B Cronquist, Benjamin J Silk, Kelly A Jackson, Katherine A O'Connor, Shaun Cosgrove, Joe P Gossack, Susan S Parachini, Neena S Jain, Paul Ettestad, Mam Ibraheem, Venessa Cantu, Manjiri Joshi, Tracy DuVernoy, Norman W Fogg, James R Gorny, Kathryn M Mogen, Charlotte Spires, Paul Teitell, Lavin A Joseph, Cheryl L Tarr, Maho Imanishi, Karen P Neil, Robert V Tauxe, Barbara E Mahon

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2013 Sep;369(10):944-53.

 

Although new pathogen-vehicle combinations are increasingly being identified in produce-related disease outbreaks, fresh produce is a rarely recognized vehicle for listeriosis. We investigated a nationwide listeriosis outbreak that occurred in the United States during 2011.

Last Updated: 5 Sep 2013

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Neonatal listeriosis followed by nosocomial infection.
 

Author(s): M Dinic, S Stankovic

Journal: Indian J Med Microbiol. ;31(2):187-9.

 

Neonatal listeriosis is widely reported, but this is the first case reported in Serbia. A newborn developed respiratory distress syndrome 2 hours after delivery and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Initial empirical therapy was inappropriate. Consequently, on the ...

Last Updated: 22 Jul 2013

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The terms "Listeriosis" returned 10 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cutaneous listeriosis.
 

Author(s): Casey E Godshall, Gina Suh, Bennett Lorber

Journal: J. Clin. Microbiol.. 2013 Nov;51(11):3591-6.

 

Cutaneous infections due to Listeria monocytogenes are rare. Typically, infections manifest as nonpainful, nonpruritic, self-limited, localized, papulopustular or vesiculopustular eruptions in healthy persons. Most cases follow direct inoculation of the skin in veterinarians or farmers ...

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2013

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Animal models of listeriosis: a comparative review of the current state of the art and lessons learned.
 

Author(s): Karin Hoelzer, R├ęgis Pouillot, Sherri Dennis

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Listeriosis is a leading cause of hospitalization and death due to foodborne illness in the industrialized world. Animal models have played fundamental roles in elucidating the pathophysiology and immunology of listeriosis, and will almost certainly continue to be integral components ...

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2012

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Listeriosis in human pregnancy: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Ronald F Lamont, Jack Sobel, Shali Mazaki-Tovi, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Edi Vaisbuch, Sun Kwon Kim, Niels Uldbjerg, Roberto Romero

Journal: J Perinat Med. 2011 May;39(3):227-36.

 

Listeria is commonly found in processed and prepared foods and listeriosis is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Preventative measures are well prescribed and monitoring and voluntary recall of contaminated products has resulted in a 44% reduction in the prevalence of perinatal ...

Last Updated: 10 May 2011

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

National Study on Listeriosis and Listeria
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Listeriosis; Pregnancy Complications; Infectious; Central Nervous System Infections; Septicemia; Sepsis; Listeria Monocytogenes

 

Last Updated: 26 Jul 2013

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