Listeria monocytogenes


Standard Precautions

General Information

Aerobic Gram-positive bacilli

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.

  • Self-limited gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea

  • Meningitis

  • Rhombencephalitis

  • Bacteremia

  • Septic abortion/miscarriage/stillbirth

Infectious Disease consultation recommended to assist in evaluation/management.

Febrile gastroenteritis:

  • No treatment needed if immuncompetent

  • Pregnant patients, elderly, and immunocompromised patients: amoxicillin 500mg po tid x 3-5 days or TMP-SMX 1 DS tab po BID for 3-5 days.

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