Talk:Listeria monocytogenes

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Listeria and Death[edit]

"Responsible for an estimated 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the United States (U.S.) annually, listeriosis is the third leading cause of death among foodborne bacterial pathogens, with fatality rates exceeding even Salmonella and Clostridium botulinum."

This claim is specific, but it is un-sourced. What are the two forerunners? I looked up the CDC figures, and the CDC has the 2011 estimates here:

It indeed lists Listeria as the third row for Table 4, but the sentence specifically excludes Salmonella and the CDC lists it as number 1. Where is this sentence actually sourced from? — Preceding unsigned comment added by XieChengnuo (talkcontribs) 16:40, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Healthy adults[edit]

Should probably be noted that healthy adults will be asymptomatic / mild gastroenteritis. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:40, 31 May 2011 (UTC)


Is anyone on this Talk page interested in Internalin B?

Receptor is gC1q-R. What else you want to know?


Shouldn't this article include citations of some kind? Of particular note is that the section of general information seems to be copied verbatim from the FDA's Bad Bug Book. Don't think you want accusations of plagirism in Wikipedia. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

Most of the publications of the US gov't are in the Public domain. Wikipedia uses many such texts as starting points for articles. --Nnp 18:21, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

Plagiarism (extensive and deliberate)[edit]

Much of the text of this page is indeed identical with the USFDA web page that it references, just as the unsigned comment says. Paragraphs 3 through 7 are word for word identical. (I have not checked the remainder--perhaps someone should. ). Citing the reference you are copying does not make it one's own work--it is plgiarism just the same. Although it may be acceptable to base an article on reliable public domain material, I would think that here as elsewhere it is not appropriate to use it in the entirety. If this has been done for similar pages, they too should be examined. What is the purpose of copying text thatcan be (and is!) given as an external reference?

I wonder what the intellectual role of an editor might be. Merely to go through a standard handbook and copy the pages?

I'm new here, and if this is the accepted practice, please point me at the appropriate policy page(s), and I will discuss the general issue there. I apologize if i am ignorant of the customs for this sort of thing. Nnp, I'd discuss this by email, but it seems your user page does not provide for email?. DGG 22:14, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

How About less "Technical"[edit]

A (6th grade) intro A paragraph on the medium by which this is cultured or remains in nature to be hosted by humans. Bioweapon potential? Potential for spraying on crops such as the recient "Organic" spinach and lettice infectious incidents. The journalism I uz taut says to rite at a 6th grade level fer Jethro's out hyer.

This page is very technical, and I was looking for a simple explanation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:58, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Jamba Juice[edit]

Supposely Jamba Juice products have been found to be infected with this mean germ —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 19:49, 6 December 2006 (UTC).


I added this section just now, for a .jpg that I took some time back when I was working with LM. I thought I'd get this section started and eventually add info about how the presence of Listeria is detected.

Route of exposure[edit]

This section in the article is composed entirely of information that belongs under epidemiology, and should be moved there. That will of course orphan this section. I was thinking this section should be removed anyway as the only really recognized route of exposure is oral, and I'm not sure one could say much about that. Though I could make a mean argument for a respitory route of exposure as well.James.folsom 21:41, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as start, and the rating on other projects was brought up to start class. BetacommandBot 16:28, 10 November 2007 (UTC)


I have been quite ill for the past week, with the feeling that what ever this is - it is in my blood - leaving me with great difficulty breathing, the feeling I am not all the way inside my body, and weakness beyond anything I could imagin. Fever which is either low grade , or reaches 102 at it's highest yet.Also standing staight up, and breathing at the same time is dificult at best.I have an HMO (B/C), who constantly get in the way of his treament. I also have Lupus and Fibomyalgia, and jst getting trreatment for that is difficult enough. Now I worried for my hearing as I woke with this very load silence rushing through my head. I cannot hear my TV at a level of 12, nore the sounds of my dogs walking into the room, or even the sound of my alarm! Can someone please help? OH! I work in the fild of Urology - I am very very clean always. Could this be Listeria or Sepsis?

Signed Rev Dr. Kim Lively-- (talk) 13:07, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

It's never lupus. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:45, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Friendly Bacteria[edit]

The current scare of removing friendly much needed bacteria from our diet is increasingly scary. The article states that the FDA is raising the standards of how much of this L. stuff is allowed in our food yet states "a live attenuated L. Monocytonges cancer vaccine named lovaxin C is under development as a possible treatment for cervical carcinoma". Why aren't any known levels stated. What level is healthy and what level is bad and how does it get to a bad level. Wouldn't it be better to get this stuff in a more natural state? Since all raw meat, some cheese, ice cream, etc. have this bacteria and it appears to have a positive effect in the treatment of some cancers, can this be a good thing to have in our food in usable doses?

No, there is nothing beneficial about this bacterium, the cancer vaccine probably uses an avirulent strain as a delivery mechanism. This bacterium kills, even if your immune to it, you can transmit it to others.James.folsom (talk) 01:14, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

What if the only food we have left to eat are genetically modified or food that is pasteurized or so sanitized to the point where all or most of the nutrients have to be reintroduced? Oh yeah we're already there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:54, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

Irrelavent fearmongering aside, This is not relevant to this article.James.folsom (talk) 01:14, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Listeria Classification[edit]

The text states that Listeria belongs to the clostridium class. However, the scientific classification sorts it to Bacilli. L. monocytogenes is facultative anaerob, while Clostridia are obligative anaerob. I think the relation of Listeria to Clostridia, Streptococcus, and Lactobacillus is weaker than that to the Bacillus genus. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:53, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

To consider for inclusion[edit]

apparent typo & a more substantive error in 2nd paragraph of the 'Pathogenesis' section[edit]

first sentence of this paragraph ends with the clause: "that can attach to D-Galactose receptors on the host cell walls". But, if we're talking about pathogenesis in any ANIMAL-kingdom host, the host has no cell WALL, does it?? (i was taught in high school biology (more than 40 yrs ago) that only plants & bacteria have cell walls - i think more recently it's been determined that a few other types of single-cell organisms may have cell walls as well.)

Then, the 3rd sentence in this unlucky paragraph, starts out: "Once attached to THIS cells," (caps not in original). I imagine it should read "Once attached to these cells,".


Questioner1K (talk) 01:45, 22 April 2015 (UTC)