Listeria

genus of bacteria

Listeria is a genus of bacteria with about ten species. It is named after Joseph Lister. Listeria are very common, they occur almost everywhere. Two of the ten species are pathogens: they can cause a disease called listeriosis in decaying food.

Listeria
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Scanning electron micrograph of Listeria monocytogenes.
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Listeria

Pirie 1940
Species

L. aquatica
L. booriae
L. cornellensis
L. fleischmannii
L. floridensis
L. grandensis
L. grayi
L. innocua
L. ivanovii
L. marthii
L. monocytogenes
L. newyorkensis
L. riparia
L. rocourtiae
L. seeligeri
L. weihenstephanensis
L. welshimeri

In 2011, 21 people died from listeriosis by eating cantaloupes from a Colorado farm. In 1998, hot dogs and possibly deli meats made by Bil Mar Foods, a subsidiary of Sara Lee Corp., also had listeria and killed 21 people. In 1985, listeria in Mexican-style soft cheese was linked to 52 deaths.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Associated Press (October 7, 2011). "21 deaths now linked to listeria in cantaloupe, new deaths reported in Indiana, New York". Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2011.