Listeriosis: A Foodborne Disease Caused by Listeria
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Muhammad Imran Qadir,
Listeriosis is a foodborne disease. Bacteria of genus Listeria are responsible
for this disease, especially Listeria monocytogenes which is a gram-positive bacterium
and is active in the conditions needed to preserve food. The Mortality rate of listeriosis
is 24%. Listeriosis is a serious threat to pregnant women and persons who are Immuno
deficient. Symptoms of listeriosis are fever, flu, brain abscess, the tremor, Cranial
nerve deficits, respiratory distress, jaundice, rash, or lethargy, etc. Diagnosis is done by
culturing the organism from the blood and in the treatment, many antibiotics are given
alone or sometimes in combination with two or more. Treatment of
trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) is given as alternate to patients who have
allergies with using penicillin.
Antibiotics, Foodborne Disease, Listeria monocytogenesListeriosis.