Listeria monocytogenes

Precautions

Standard Precautions

General Information

First Line Treatment

  • Ampicillin or Penicillin

  • +/- Gentamicin

Never cephalosporins

Pathogen information

Aerobic Gram positive bacilli

Epidemiology

Usually causes infection in neonates, pregnant women, elderly, and immunocompromised patients.

Foodborne illness associated with deli meat, soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk, and others.

Often occurs in outbreaks.

Associated syndromes

  • Meningitis

  • Rhombencephalitis

  • FUO

  • Bacteremia

  • Self-limited gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea

  • Septic abortion/miscarriage/stillbirth

Additional Information

Infectious Disease consultation recommended to assist in evaluation/management.

Reportable disease (LACDPH).