A review on the characteristics, taxanomy and prevalence of Listeria

Vengadesh Letchumanan, Peh Chee Wong, Bey Hing Goh, Long Chiau Ming, Priyia Pus-Parajah, Sunny Hei Wong, Nurul Syakima Ab Mutalib, Learn Han Lee

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Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-positive bacterium that is commonly isolated from food sources. This opportu-nistic human pathogen is the causative agent of listeriosis, an illness that mainly effects immunocompromised, the elderly, infants, and pregnant women. Ever since its detection, listeriosis cases has been very prevalent and commonly associated with food sources such as dairy products, ready-to-eat food, and poultry. The prevalence of listeriosis is of public health con-cern and proper management is required to control this illness from spreading widely. Thus, this review seeks to elucidate a better understanding on the characteristics, taxanomy, prevalence and their associated food sources, as well as management methods in order to devise proper control actions to reduce listeriosis incidence worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera0000007
JournalProgress in Microbes and Molecular Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Gram-positive
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • characteristics
  • dairy products
  • listeriosis
  • prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Microbiology (medical)


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