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Epidemic listeriosis. Report of 14 cases detected in 9 months.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  104398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During the period August 1977 to April 1978, 14 Black patients in Johannesburg area had systemic infections caused by Listeria monocytogenes. Nine of these patients were neonates who presented with septicaemia (5 cases) or septicaemia and meningitis (4 cases) and 5 were adults, all of whom had meningitis. The mortality rate was 43% (6/14), with 4 neonatal and 2 adult deaths. All isolates of L. monocytogenes were type 4b. Only sporadic cases of human listeriosis have previously been reported in South Africa, and the cases reported here constitute the first epidemic in this country.
M R Jacobs; H Stein; A Buqwane; A Dubb; F Segal; L Rabinowitz; U Ellis; I Freiman; M Witcomb; V Vallabh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1978 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-03-24     Completed Date:  1979-03-24     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  389-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases*
Listeria monocytogenes / isolation & purification
Listeriosis / epidemiology*
Middle Aged
South Africa

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