Variability of Listeria monocytogenes virulence: a result of the evolution between saprophytism and virulence?

@article{Velge2010VariabilityOL,
  title={Variability of Listeria monocytogenes virulence: a result of the evolution between saprophytism and virulence?},
  author={Philippe Velge and Sylvie Marie Roche},
  journal={Future microbiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={5 12},
  pages={1799-821}
}
The genus Listeria consists of eight species but only two are pathogenic. Human listeriosis due to Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne disease. L. monocytogenes is widespread in the environment living as a saprophyte, but is also capable of making the transition into a pathogen following its ingestion by susceptible humans or animals. It is now known that many distinct strains of L. monocytogenes differ in their virulence and epidemic potential. Unfortunately, there is currently no standard… CONTINUE READING

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