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Listeria monocytogenes detected in vaginal self-samples of 2 women after spontaneous miscarriage, Senegal, West Africa

  • Ndeye Safietou Fall
  • Mariema Sarr
  • Nafissatou Diagne
  • Hubert Bassène
  • Cheikh Sokhna
  • Jean-Christophe LagierEmail author
  • Didier RaoultEmail author
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Listeriosis is an infectious disease that causes high morbidity and mortality, particularly in developing countries [1]. The global burden of this disease was estimated at more than 20,000 illnesses, approximately 5500 deaths and more than 172,000 disability-adjusted life years in 2010 [1]. More recently, in South Africa in 2017–2018, more than 1000 cases and at least 193 deaths were reported (with 28% mortality among cases with known outcomes [2]). The transmission of this pathogen is a major public health issue, and its control is needed to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health [1]. Perinatal listeriosis accounts for approximately 20% of all cases and has been associated with amnionitis, leading to respiratory symptoms, meningitis, and death among newborns. Placental Listeria monocytogenes infection has been well documented [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], but L. monocytogenes has been only occasionally detected in vaginal samples of women suffering from spontaneous miscarriage [4, 5]....

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This work benefited from the support by the French State, managed by the Agence Nationale pour la Recherche, including the “Programme d’Investissements d’avenir” under the reference Méditerranée Infection 10-IAHU-03. This work was also supported by the région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and European funding from FEDER PRIMI.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ndeye Safietou Fall
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mariema Sarr
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Nafissatou Diagne
    • 1
    • 3
  • Hubert Bassène
    • 1
    • 3
  • Cheikh Sokhna
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jean-Christophe Lagier
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  • Didier Raoult
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Aix Marseille Univ, IRD, AP-HM, SSA, VITROMEMéditerranée InfectionMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.IHU-Méditerranée InfectionMarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Campus Commun UCAD-IRD of HannDakarSenegal
  4. 4.Aix Marseille Univ, IRD, AP-HM, MEPHIMarseilleFrance

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