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Emerging Public Health Challenges of Listeria monocytogenes Isolated from Different Ecological Niches in Egypt: Food, Humans, Animals and Environment

Version 1 : Received: 15 November 2019 / Approved: 17 November 2019 / Online: 17 November 2019 (09:48:54 CET)

How to cite: Osman, K.M.; Kappell, A.D.; Fox, E.M.; Orabi, A.; Samir, A. Emerging Public Health Challenges of Listeria monocytogenes Isolated from Different Ecological Niches in Egypt: Food, Humans, Animals and Environment. Preprints 2019, 2019110198 Osman, K.M.; Kappell, A.D.; Fox, E.M.; Orabi, A.; Samir, A. Emerging Public Health Challenges of Listeria monocytogenes Isolated from Different Ecological Niches in Egypt: Food, Humans, Animals and Environment. Preprints 2019, 2019110198

Abstract

Serious outbreaks of foodborne disease have been caused by Listeria monocytogenes found in retail delicatessens and the severity of disease is significant, with high hospitalization and mortality rates. Little is understood about the formidable public health threat of L. monocytogenesin all four niches, humans, animals, food and environment in Egypt. This study analyzed the presence of L. monocytogenes collected from the four environmental niches and bioinformatic analysis was implemented to analyze and compare the data. PCR was used to detect virulence genes encoded by pathogenicity island (LIPI-1). prfA amino acid substation that causes constitutive expression of virulence was common in 77.7% of isolates. BLAST analysis did not match other isolates in the NCBI database suggesting this may be a characteristic of the region associated with these isolates. A second group included the NH1 isolate originating in China, and BLAST analysis showed this prfA allele was shared with isolates from other global locations such as Europe and North America. Identification of possible links and transmission pathways between the four niches, helps to decrease the risk of disease in humans, to take more specific control measures in the context of disease prevention, to limit economic losses associated with food recalls and highlightens the need to treatment options.

Subject Areas

l. monocytogenes; humans; animals; food; antimicrobial and virulence genes; bioinformatic analysis; prfA phylogenetic analysis

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