Listeria Monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes. Pigment ink on 6"x6" Bristol Board
Kingdom: Bacteria, Division: Firmicutis, Class: Bacilli, Order: Bacillales, Family: Listeriaceae, Genus: Listeria (Pirie 1940)

Listeria monocytogenes is a gram positive bacillus, the causative agent of Listeriosis, a serious illness caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria. The disease usually affects pregnant women and newborns. It is manifested by sepsis and meningitis. The bacteria was named after the English pioneer of sterile surgery, Joseph Lister.

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