Listeriosis is an infection due to the bacteria species Listeria monocytogenes. It is also commonly known as listeria. L. monocytogenes infections are uncommon in rabbits.:460
Listeria monocytogenes is a highly adaptable environmental bacterium that can exist as both an animal pathogen and a plant saprophyte; it is also part of the normal microbial flora in healthy ruminants and is found in environmental sources such as decaying vegetation. Listeria is zoonotic, and most animal and human cases of listeriosis arise from the ingestion of contaminated food; the disease is common in animals fed on silage.:328
Contaminated feed can cause outbreaks in breeding colonies.:460
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