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.
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.