Listeriosis

Listeriosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The most common source of infection is soil and contaminated silage. Ruminants are most susceptible to infection, but other mammals, birds and fish can also become ill.

Contact

MVDr. Tomáš Černý
+420 770 118 912
tomas.cerny@svupraha.cz

Description

Three main forms are usually observed in affected animals:
- Encephalitis, meningitis or meningoencephalitis, the most common form in ruminants.
- Late abortion, stillbirth, perinatal infection
- Gastroenteritis, sepsis in monogastric animals, calves and lambs.

It is diagnosed by bacteriological isolation of the pathogen from brain tissue in animals with CNS involvement, from placenta and foetus in abortion, and from organ samples in septic form.

Bakteriology

MVDr. Kateřina Kučerová
+420 770 118 907
katerina.kucerova@svupraha.cz

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