Listeria monocytogenes Infection (cont.)
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Treatment for listeriosis includes intravenous antibiotics, as well as supportive care. The prompt initiation of antibiotics when the diagnosis is suspected or confirmed can hasten recovery and prevent the more serious potential complications sometimes encountered with listeriosis.
Most authorities believe that individuals, even those at high-risk, who ingest food products contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes do not require treatment if they do not have any signs or symptoms of infection. However, careful consideration must be taken in the pregnant patient, as listeriosis can be potentially devastating to the fetus and newborn.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014
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