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Recurrent <i>Listeria monocytogenes</i> Infection: Relapse or Reinfection with a Unique Strain Confirmed by Molecular Subtyping

Brian D. Sauders, Martin Wiedmann, Marc Desjardins, Christine Fenlon, Nancy Davenport, Jonathan R. Hibbs and Dale L. Morse

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 2, pages 257-259
Published in print July 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/321821
Recurrent Listeria monocytogenes Infection: Relapse or Reinfection with a Unique Strain Confirmed by Molecular Subtyping

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We report a case of recurrent listeriosis for which molecular subtyping by automated ribotyping and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis confirmed either relapse of infection or reinfection due to a common source almost 9 months after initial infection due to a unique Listeria monocytogenes strain in a patient with colorectal cancer. This case report illustrates the potential use of molecular subtyping to further understand the pathogenesis and epidemiology of listeriosis and the potential for relapse of Listeria infections in humans.

Journal Article.  1823 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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