Surveillance of human listeriosis in France, 2001-2003

Publié le 1 Juin 2006
Mis à jour le 10 septembre 2019

Mandatory notification of listeriosis began in France in 1999. Enhanced public health surveillance, including routine molecular characterisation of Listeria monocytogenes strains, epidemiologic follow up of cases, and collection of food samples, has improved the sensitivity of outbreak detection and response. The incidence of listeriosis declined from 4.5 cases/million in 1999-2000 to approximately 3.5 cases/million during the period 2001-2003. Clinical, demographic and microbiological characteristics of listeriosis in France remained stable during this time period. Maternal-fetal infections accounted for 24% of all cases. Serovar 4b accounted for 49% of cases and 60% of case clusters. The incidence of listeriosis in France has declined and is now lower than in several other European countries. (R.A.)

Auteur : Goulet V, Jacquet C, Martin P, Vaillant V, Laurent E, de Valk H
Eurosurveillance. European communicable disease quarterly, 2006, vol. 11, n°. 4-6, p. 79-81