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Listeria monocytogenes

Pathogenic Agent Type


Associated Diseases

Image Description:

Electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissue. See PHIL 2286 for a black and white version of this image. Listeria monocytogenes is the infectious agent responsible for the food borne illness Listeriosis. In the United States, an estimated 2,500 persons become seriously ill with listeriosis each year. Of these, 500 die. (CDC)