Bacteria: listeria monocytogenes

R. Magalhães*, C. Mena, V. Ferreira, J. Silva, G. Almeida, P. Gibbs, P. Teixeira

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Listeria monocytogenes is a ubiquitous microorganism responsible for listeriosis, a rare but severe disease in humans, who can become infected by ingesting contaminated food products, namely dairy, meat, fish, and vegetables. Although it can occur in healthy humans, listeriosis mainly affects the elderly, immunocompromised, persons pregnant women, and newborns, with a high case-fatality rate (20-30%). This article will summarize what is currently known about L. monocytogenes, listeriosis, methods of detection and enumeration, subtyping, persistence, virulence traits, and regulatory control.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory, science and methods
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786128
ISBN (Print)9780123786135
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Control
  • Diagnosis
  • Foodborne pathogen
  • Incidence
  • Invasion
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Listeria spp.
  • Listeriosis
  • Outbreak


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