What does Listeria cause?
How does Listeria cause illness in humans?
Listeriosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. People become infected by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria. Listeria may infect many different sites in the body, such as the brain, spinal cord membranes, or the bloodstream.
Where Listeria monocytogenes is found?
Listeria monocytogenes are widely distributed in nature. They can be found in soil, water, vegetation and the faeces of some animals and can contaminate foods. Listeriosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
Where is Listeria most commonly found?
Listeria bacteria can be found in soil, water and animal feces.
People can get infected by eating the following:
- Raw vegetables that have been contaminated from the soil or from contaminated manure used as fertilizer.
- Contaminated meat.
- Unpasteurized milk or foods made with unpasteurized milk.