Listeria Infections Review: Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Treatment (pp. 115-128)
Authors: (Karina Pellicer, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina)
Abstract: Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogen that affects animals and human beings; it can produce potentially fatal infections in susceptible individuals. This bacterium can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and meningitis in newborns, children and adults who are immunosuppressed. Most cases of Listeriosis are sporadic; although outbreaks have been described due to food consumption. The ability of L. monocytogenes to resist stressful enviro-nmental conditions makes this pathogen a food industry concern.