Listeria monocytogenes infection in pregnancy and neonatal sepsis

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Francesca Pascale
Vincenzo Rondinelli
Vittorio Focarelli
Raffaele Saraceno
Manuela Colosimo
Stefania Giglio
Maria Giuseppina Pascale
Nicola Iiritano
Giovanna Caruso
Antonio Marino
Francesco Caligiuri
Giacomo Fabiano
Melania Dragone
Ugo Mazzei
Rosanna Masciari *
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Authors report a fatal neonatal sepsis caused by Listeria monocytogenes. While the diagnostic procedure aimed to identify the microrganism is described, it is emphasized the importance to recover Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) and L. monocytogenes by means of vaginal-rectal swab culture. The intrapartum screening for L. monocytogenes, by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) providing results in 75 minutes is also evaluated.

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