Listeria monocytogenes

(lis-tear-ee-uh mon-oh-cy-tog-en-eez)
Listeria monocytogenes
About This nanobug

Nickname: Listeria


Morphology: Tiny gram-positive rod


Habitat: Lives in cold, moist environments – even in the refrigerator, where you think your food is safe


Disease or illness: Causes only a minor flu-like illness in adults but is dangerous to pregnant women because it can be passed on to the unborn baby and cause a very serious disease in the baby


Who is at risk: Pregnant women and their unborn babies


Avoidance techniques: Heat ready-to-eat processed meats (lunch meat) before eating and Listeria will be killed.


“I’m no fool, I grow where it’s cool”