Listeria monocytogenes infection in Israel and review of cases worldwide

Yardena Siegman-Igra*, Rotem Levin, Miriam Weinberger, Yoav Golan, David Schwartz, Zmira Samra, Hana Konigsberger, Amos Yinnon, Galia Rahav, Nathan Keller, Nail Bisharat, Renato Finkelstein Jehuda Karpuch, Michael Alkan, Zvi Landau, Julia Novikov, David Hassin, Carlos Rudnicki, Shmouel Ovadia Ruth Kitzes, Ruth Lang Zvi Shimoni, Tamar Shohat

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Listeria monocytogenes, an uncommon foodborne pathogen, is increasingly recognized as a cause of life-threatening disease. A marked increase in reported cases of listeriosis during 1998 motivated a retrospective nationwide survey of the infection in Israel. From 1995 to 1999, 161 cases were identified; 70 (43%) were perinatal infections, with a fetal mortality rate of 45%. Most (74%) of the 91 nonperinatal infections involved immunocompromised patients with malignancies, chronic liver disease, chronic renal failure, or diabetes mellitus. The common clinical syndromes in these patients were primary bacteremia (47%) and meningitis (28%). The crude case-fatality rate in this group was 38%, with a higher death rate in immunocompromised patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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