What causes Listeria infection (listeriosis)?

Updated: Jan 09, 2018
  • Author: Terence Zach, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Answer

See the list below:

  • L monocytogenes is acquired via the ingestion of contaminated food products.

  • Newborns acquire Listeria transplacentally, by ascending infection via ruptured amniotic membranes or upon exposure during vaginal delivery.


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