Listeriosis. PREP, May 2004 Nelson, 17 th ED. Historical perspective. L. monocytogenous, why? Previously a rare cause of infection but today is isolated more frequently, why? Refrigerators. Highly processed food. Extended shelf life of foodstuffs.
PREP, May 2004
Nelson, 17th ED
However it usually doesn’t cause disease.
Second & third trimester: flu like
illness or GI, rarely meningitis with/without
fetal involvement ; stillbirth,
premature labour (mortality rate 50-
90%). It may resolve after delivery even
Alert the lab not to discard as a contaminating diphtheroids.