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Infection with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, characterized in humans by fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, and sometimes headache and convulsions, and in pregnant women often leading to miscarriage or stillbirth. In domestic animals it can cause encephalitis, septicemia, and abortion. The bacterium occurs as a contaminant in raw or improperly processed foods.
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(Pathology) a serious form of food poisoning, caused by bacteria of the genus Listeria. Its symptoms can include meningitis and in pregnant women it may cause damage to the fetus
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(lɪˌstɪər iˈoʊ sɪs)

also lis•te•ri•a•sis

(ˌlɪs təˈri ə-)

n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
an infectious disease of animals and birds, esp. attacking the brainstem in ruminants, caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes and transmissible to humans by contact with contaminated tissue.
[1940–45; < New Latin Listeri(a) (after J. Lister; see -ia) + -osis]
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Noun1.listeriosis - an infectious disease of animals and humans (especially newborn or immunosuppressed persons) caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes; in sheep and cattle the infection frequently involves the central nervous system and causes various neurological symptoms
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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[lɪsˌtɪərɪˈəʊsɪs] Nlisteriosis f
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n (Med) → Listeriose f
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n listeriosis f
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* Listeria monocytogenes is a virulent organism that can lead to the very serious disease listeriosis.
These include chlamydiosis, toxoplasmosis and listeriosis. Although the number of human miscarriages resulting from contact with sheep is extremely small, it is important pregnant women are aware of the potential risks.
cases of listeriosis each year, of which 500 result in death.
* Reduce your risk for for listeriosis, an illness caused by bacteria found in unpasteurized milk, soft cheese, raw vegetables and shellfish.
Listeria monocytogenes, a kind of zoonotic bacteria that induces listeriosis, is frequently found in food especially in processed meet products and dairy products.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), which revealed that proper refrigeration could reduce by two-thirds the risk of listeriosis, the illness caused by a pathogen associated with foods not chilled properly.
Such cheeses can cause listeriosis, brucellosis, salmonellosis, and tuberculosis, and they pose a particular risk to pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems.
Donohue: My 23-year-old niece almost died from an infection called listeriosis. She was hours away from slipping into a coma.
According to the FDA risk assessment, controlling the growth of listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods is the key to preventing listeriosis, a serious infection in humans.
Those most at risk for contracting listeriosis, a fairly rare but serious food-borne illness affecting about 2,500 people each year, are people with weakened immune systems, seniors and pregnant women.
Mycotoxins, botulism, and listeriosis are very real threats that livestock owners should become knowledgeable about.