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Volume 8, Number 3—March 2002


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 2

Clinical syndromes in 87 cases of nonperinatal Listeria monocytogenes infection, Israel, 1995-99

Clinical syndrome Immunocompromised Immunocompetent Total
Bacteremia without focus 34 (53%) 7 (30%) 41 (47%)
Meningitis 17a (27%) 7 (30%) 24 (28%)
Bacteremia with focus 9b (14%) 9c (39%) 18 (21%)
A focus without bacteremia 4d (6%) 0 4 (5%)
Total 64 (100%) 23 (100%) 87 (100%)

a With bacteremia (6 cases), with pneumonia (1 case).
b Endocarditis (3 cases), peritonitis (2), pneumonia (4, one with shunt infection).
c Endocarditis (3 cases), gastroenteritis (3), pyelonephritis (2), anal abscess (1).
d Peritonitis (3 cases), pleuritis (1).

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1Dr. Lang died November 18, 2001.

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