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Management of Pregnant Women With Presumptive Exposure to Listeria monocytogenes

Listeriosis is predominantly a foodborne illness, with sporadic and outbreak-related cases tied to consumption of food contaminated with listeria (Listeria monocytogenes) (1–6). Listeria is an aerobic and facultative anaerobic, gram-positive bacillus that is found readily in the environment. Invasive listeriosis, defined as isolation of listeria from a normally sterile site (typically blood or cerebrospinal fluid), is uncommon. Although there are no prospective data to guide recommendations for the care of pregnant women with known or presumptive exposure to listeria, outbreak-related cases of listeriosis have highlighted the need for such guidance. This Committee Opinion provides background information on listeriosis in pregnancy as well as management recommendations, largely based on expert opinion, for known or suspected cases of listeriosis in pregnancy that are associated with outbreaks and product recalls.


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