Med. Weter. 75 (4), 214-220, 2019

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MARTA MARIA SOŁTYSIUK, JOANNA SZTEYN, AGNIESZKA WISZNIEWSKA-ŁASZCZYCH
Listeria spp. as a threat to human and animal health
The study has described the history of the research of Listeria, starting from 1924 when it was identified for the first time. Phenotypic and genetic characteristics of Listeria have been described. Furthermore, the occurrence of Listeria in the environment of humans and animals has been presented. Moreover, mechanisms and effectors that influence pathogenesis have been presented as well as the latest information about the extent of presence of listeriosis in European Union countries.
Key words: Listeria spp., listeriosis, occurrence, pathogenesis, serotypes, genetic differences