Worldwide distribution of major clones of Listeria monocytogenes

Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Jun;17(6):1110-2. doi: 10.3201/eid/1706.101778.


Listeria monocytogenes is worldwide a pathogen, but the geographic distribution of clones remains largely unknown. Genotyping of 300 isolates from the 5 continents and diverse sources showed the existence of few prevalent and globally distributed clones, some of which include previously described epidemic clones. Cosmopolitan distribution indicates the need for genotyping standardization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Clone Cells
  • Genome, Bacterial / genetics
  • Humans
  • Listeria monocytogenes / classification
  • Listeria monocytogenes / genetics*
  • Listeriosis / microbiology*
  • Molecular Typing
  • Phylogeny
  • Public Health
  • Serotyping