Causes - listeriosis, a rare but potentially lethal food-borne infection (~25%)
naturally occurring in soil
Animals can also be carriers.
Listeria has been found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables/fruit, unpasteurized and processed foods.
Majority of Listeria bacteria are targeted by Immune System
Survivors spread through intracellular mechanisms and are, therefore, guarded.
effective sanitation of food contact surfaces
thoroughly cook food
stays in gut
muscle pain, fever, diarrhea
req only supportive care
spreads to blood stream and CNS
2 weeks + hospital care
heavy dose of antibiotics