The Evaluation of a Phage-Typing System for Listeria Monocytogenes for Use in Epidemiological Studies

J Med Microbiol. 1986 Dec;22(4):357-65. doi: 10.1099/00222615-22-4-357.


A typing system for strains of Listeria monocytogenes based on the lytic properties of 28 phages has been evaluated with a set of strains isolated in the UK and tested in a blind trial. The system was highly reproducible and discriminatory, and 64% of all the strains tested could be typed.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteriophage Typing*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Listeria monocytogenes / classification*
  • Listeriosis / microbiology*
  • Serotyping
  • United Kingdom