About listeriosis

Listeria bacteria (Listeria monocytogenes) are widespread in the environment. Infection with Listeria bacteria can cause an illness called listeriosis. Some foods are more likely to be contaminated by Listeria than others. Most people who get sick with listeriosis have eaten contaminated food.

Disease type: 
Gastrointestinal
Vaccination available under NIP: 
No
Notifiable disease: 
Yes

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's listeriosis page.

Surveillance and reporting

Listeriosis is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

For more on listeriosis in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence

Last updated: 
14 June 2022