Listeria monocytogenes in a healthy young adult

Ohide Otome, Michael Bullen and Adrian R Tramontana
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00065
Published online: 17 March 2014

To the Editor: Meningitis caused by Listeria monocytogenes is rare in immunocompetent adults.1 In the absence of risk factors for L. monocytogenes infection, Australian antibiotic guidelines recommend a third-generation cephalosporin alone for management of community-acquired meningitis, which has no activity against L. monocytogenes.2

  • Ohide Otome
  • Michael Bullen
  • Adrian R Tramontana

  • Western Health, Melbourne, VIC.



We thank Jenny Wong of Dorevitch Pathology, Western Health, for laboratory assistance.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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