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      The epidemiology of human listeriosis.

      Microbes and Infection / Institut Pasteur

      Risk Factors, microbiology, epidemiology, drug therapy, Listeriosis, isolation & purification, Listeria monocytogenes, Humans, Food Microbiology

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          Listeriosis is a serious invasive disease that primarily afflicts pregnant women, neonates and immunocompromised adults. The causative organism, Listeria monocytogenes, is primarily transmitted to humans through contaminated foods. Outbreaks of listeriosis have been reported in North America, Europe and Japan. Soft cheeses made from raw milk and ready-to-eat meats are high risk foods for susceptible individuals. Efforts by food processors and food regulatory agencies to aggressively control L. monocytogenes in the high risk foods have resulted in significant decreases in the incidence of sporadic listeriosis.

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          10.1016/j.micinf.2007.05.011
          17720602

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