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A case of foodborne listeriosis in Sweden
Department of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.
Department of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0154-9452
Swedish Laboratory Service, Kalmar, Sweden.
Communicable Diseases Control Unit, Kalmar County Council, Kalmar, Sweden.
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1997 (English)In: Letters in Applied Microbiology, ISSN 0266-8254, E-ISSN 1472-765X, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 65-68Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A 70-year-old woman fell seriously ill overnight with meningitis and was admitted to hospital. Cerebrospinal fluid culture yielded Listeria monocytogenes. One of the first problems in solving a human case of listeriosis suspected to be foodborne is to find the foods likely to have been transmitting L. monocytogenes. Two enrichment procedures and a direct plating procedure were used for isolation of the bacteria from different food items collected from the patient's refrigerator, local retail store and producer. Samples of vacuum-packed products of sliced pork brawn, sliced cooked medwurst and berliner wurst of the same brand harboured L. monocytogenes. Serotyping and restriction enzyme analysis (REA) with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) were used to characterize and compare 41 isolates, including the human strain. At least three clones were present in the foods investigated, and one of these was identical to the human clone. This clone was present in samples of medwurst from the patient's refrigerator and the local retail store. This is, to our knowledge, the first proven foodborne case of listeriosis reported in Sweden.

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John Wiley & Sons, 1997. Vol. 24, no 1, p. 65-68
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Food Science
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Culinary Arts and Meal Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45049DOI: 10.1046/j.1472-765X.1997.00353.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-45049DiVA, id: diva2:826748
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