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Volume 8, Number 3—March 2002

Research

Listeria monocytogenes Infection in Israel and Review of Cases Worldwide

Yardena Siegman-Igra*Comments to Author , Rotem Levin*, Miriam Weinberger†, Yoav Golan*, David Schwartz*, Zmira Samra†, Hana Konigsberger†, Amos Yinnon‡, Galia Rahav§, Nathan Keller¶, Nail Bisharat#, Jehuda Karpuch**, Renato Finkelstein††, Michael Alkan‡‡, Zvi Landau§§, Julia Novikov¶¶, David Hassin##, Carlos Rudnicki†, Ruth Kitzes***, Shmouel Ovadia†††, Zvi Shimoni‡‡‡1, Ruth Lang§§§, and Tamar Shohat¶¶¶
Author affiliations: *Sourasky, Tel-Aviv, Israel; †Rabin, Petach Tikva, Israel; ‡Shaare-Zedek, Jerusalem, Israel; §Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel; ¶Sheba, Tel-Hashomer, Israel; #Ha’Emek, Afula, Israel; **Assaf-Harofeh, Zriffin, Israel; ††Rambam, Haifa, Israel; ‡‡Soroka, Beer-Sheva, Israel; §§Kaplan, Rechovot, Israel; ¶¶Bnei-Zion, Haifa, Israel; ##Hillel-Yaffe, Hadera, Israel; ***Carmel, Haifa, Israel; †††Wolfson, Holon, Israel; ‡‡‡Laniado, Netanya, Israel; §§§Sapir, Kfar-Saba, Israel; ¶¶¶District Health Office, Ministry of Health, Tel-Aviv, Israel

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Table 1

Immunocompromising conditions in 64 cases of non-perinatal Listeria monocytogenes infection, Israel, 1995-1999

Main underlying illness
No. of cases
Additional underlying conditions
Steroids/ chemotherapy Chronic renal failure Chronic liver disease Diabetes mellitus Others
Hematologic malignancy 23 19 3 2 7 8a
Solid malignancy 22 9
Chronic renal failure 8b 1 2 1c
Chronic liver disease 8 1 1 2c
Diabetes mellitus 3 1

aSplenectomy (2 cases) neutropenia (5) vasculitis (1).
bHemodialysis (4 cases).
cSevere congestive heart failure (3 cases).

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1Dr. Lang died November 18, 2001.

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