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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 3

Types of infection, sources of cultures, and outcome in 69 cases of perinatal Listeria monocytogenes infection, Israel, 1995-99

Mothers’ cultures
Infants’ cultures
Type of mother-infant infection No. of cases Blood
only Blood and tissue Tissue only Blood only Blood and tissue Tissue only
Uninfected mother and infected infant 13 (19%) 4 7 (3) 2 (2)
Infected mother and infected infant 9 (13%) 2 1 6 3 2 4 (1)
Infected mother and uninfected infant 16 (23%) 9 3 4
Fetal/neonatal death (amnionitis) 31a (45%) 4 13 14 1 1 (1)
Total 69 (100%) 54 24

aIncludes 27 intrauterine deaths with abortions, 1 stillbirth, and 3 early neonatal deaths. Numbers in parenthesis are cases of meningitis. Tissue denotes any material that is not blood, such as cerebrospinal fluid, placenta, and amniotic fluid.

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1Dr. Lang died November 18, 2001.

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