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.
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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.