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The listeriosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. Typically, the consumption of animal products causes this disease. In otherwise healthy people, the infection is usually mild. For people with a weakened immune system, listeriosis can also be life-threatening. Treated is a listeriosis with antibiotics. Here you read everything important listeriosis.

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. A32ArtikelübersichtListeriose

  • description
  • symptoms
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Examinations and diagnosis
  • treatment
  • Disease course and prognosis

Listeriosis: description

Listeriosis is caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. An infection almost always occurs when consumed with listeria of contaminated food. Listeria are found primarily in animal products. Rarely, impurities can also affect non-pet foods such as salads.

In Germany, there have been on average around 350 cases of listeriosis every year in recent years. About eight percent of them are neonatal diseases. Overall, slightly more men than women develop listeriosis. However, among young adults, 80 percent of patients are women. Above all, listeriosis occurs frequently in pregnancy.

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Listeriosis: symptoms

The time between the infection and the onset of listeriosis (incubation period) is between 3 and 70 days (usually about three weeks). However, there are isolated reports of very short incubation times of only a few hours. In these cases, large amounts of Listeria were ingested.

In otherwise healthy people often shows only a slight feverish reaction, which is usually not attributed to contaminated food by those affected. The risk of severe illness due to Listeria exists especially for immunocompromised patients. In rare cases, however, severe listeriosis can also break out in people with a normal immune system.

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