Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 36464197
Link to DOI – 10.1016/j.micinf.2022.105079
Microbes Infect 2023 May; 25(4): 105079
Two species of Listeria are pathogenic, Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria ivanovii. Although studies have shown that dairy ruminants shed Listeria spp. in feces, there is little information about ruminants that do not shed Listeria spp. in their feces but asymptomatically carry them in organs. We evidence that ruminants can asymptomatically carry L. ivanovii in udders and L. monocytogenes and L. ivanovii in tonsils without fecal shedding. Whole-genome sequence of L. monocytogenes and L. ivanovii contained known core genes involved in virulence and antibiotic resistance. This work highlights tonsils and udders as a Listeria intra-host site of colonization.