Listeria monocytogenes is a so-called environmental bacterium. It is highly adaptable and resistant. Previous studies carried out at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna have shown that L. monocytogenes is more prevalent in rural areas than in cities. But the situation in urban lavatories had so far not been investigated.
Lavatories are hygiene hotspots
On their shoes people carry a great number of different bacteria through toilet facilities.
Credit: Photo: Michael Bernkopf/Vemteduni Vienna
The article “Urban Prevalence of Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in Public Lavatories and on Shoe Soles of Facility Patrons in the European Capital City Vienna“, by Dagmar Schoder, Alois Schmalwieser, Kati Szakmary-Brändle, Beatrix. Stessl and Martin Wagner was published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health. doi: 10.1111/zph.12121