Definition of listeriosis
: a serious encephalitic disease of a wide variety of animals that is caused by a bacterium (Listeria monocytogenes) and that in animals is often fatal but in humans is usually not fatal
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An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die.
About 1,600 cases of listeriosis are reported in the United States every year, and about 260 are fatal.
Listeriosis symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, loss of balance, gastrointestinal issues and confusion.
In 2015, Blue Bell Creameries shut down all three of its ice cream factories, laid off 1,450 employees and put another 1,400 on furlough after its products were linked to three deaths and several cases of listeriosis in four states.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), common symptoms of listeriosis include headache, stiff neck, confusion, fever and muscle aches.
Rather, Canadian public health officials investigating an outbreak of listeriosis dating to summer 2015, tested bagged Dole salads and found four varieties that were contaminated.
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Origin and Etymology of listeriosis
New Latin, from Listeria, from Joseph Lister
First Known Use: 1941See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of listeriosis
: a serious disease of animals and humans that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Listeria (L. monocytogenes), that in animals causes severe encephalitis accompanied by disordered movements and is often fatal, that is contracted by humans especially from contaminated food (as processed meats or unpasteurized milk or cheese), that in otherwise healthy people typically takes the form of a mild flulike illness or has no noticeable symptoms, that in neonates, the elderly, and the immunocompromised often causes serious sometimes fatal illness with symptoms including meningitis and sepsis, and that in pregnant women usually causes only mild illness in the mother but often results in miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth—see circling disease
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