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Listeria monocytogenes bacteria are
commonly found in soil; dust; water; sewage; unpasteurized cheeses such as
brie, mozzarella, and blue cheese; and uncooked vegetables. These bacteria can
enter the body through contaminated food or water. Foods contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes can cause
Meningitis caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria occurs most often in newborns, older adults, and
people with long-term illnesses or
impaired immune systems. About 10% of cases of
bacterial meningitis each year in the United States are caused by
Listeria monocytogenes.footnote 1 It can
be a serious illness, causing death in some cases.
Roos KL, Tyler KL (2015). Meningitis, encephalitis, brain abscess, and empyema. In DL Kasper et al., eds., Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th ed., vol. 2, pp. 883–906. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerW. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Current as ofMay 24, 2016
Current as of:
May 24, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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