Listeriosis: a primer

Bortolussi, Robert
October 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/7/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 8, p795
Academic Journal
The article provides information regarding the incidence of infection, clinical presentations, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of listeriosis. Listeria monocytogenes, the microbe which causes listeriosis, can grow in anaerobic or aerobic conditions and are usually found in soil, decaying vegetation and water, and may be part of the fecal flora of many mammals. It states that the incidence of listeriosis is difficult to establish because symptoms may be mistaken for a flu-like illness. Flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea and fever are the initial symptoms of infection. Furthermore, a list of information which are provided to health care professionals and to the general public by the Public Health Agency of Canada is presented.


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