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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 24/31, 2013

Renewed Attention Needed to Combat Potentially Fatal Listeriosis Cases

JAMA. 2013;310(4):362. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.8500

Progress to reduce the incidence of listeriosis has remained stagnant for more than a decade, prompting calls for renewed prevention efforts from farm to table.

A report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that 1651 cases of the foodborne illness were reported to the Listeria Initiative, a nationwide surveillance system, between 2009 and 2011. The figure includes 292 deaths or fetal losses. More than half of the cases, 58%, were in adults aged 65 years or older and 14% were pregnancy-related. Excluding pregnant women, 74% of patients younger than age 65 years had an immunocompromising condition.