Definitions for "Listeria"
a large family of bacteria found throughout the environment (soil, dust, water, unwashed raw produce, fish, undercooked poultry, prepared meats such as hot dogs and deli meats, and faeces of domestic and wild animals). Listeria monocytogenes is the specific bacteria form that causes the infection "listeriosis". The most common human source of infection is contaminated foods: delicatessan meats, unpasteurized milk or dairy products, soft cheeses, and paté. Once infected, Listeria lives in the gastrointestinal Maternal listeriosis with symptoms has a risk (2-14 days after maternal infection) of for miscarriage, stillbirth, uterine infection, premature labor, and death in the newborn period. (More? Abnormal Development)
monocytogenes a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning in humans.
any species of the genus Listeria