UK – Listeriosis in England and Wales: summary for 2020

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Main points for 2020

This report summarises the number, demographics and clinical outcomes of confirmed cases of listeriosis in England and Wales in 2020:

A total 124 cases of listeriosis were reported in England and Wales.

Incidence rates of listeriosis were highest in people aged 80 years and over.

Overall, the crude incidence of listeriosis was lower in men than women, but reported cases among men aged 60 to 69 were 4 times higher than in women aged 60 to 69.

Pregnancy associated infections accounted for a fifth of all reported cases and, a 34.8% of pregnancy-associated cases resulted in stillbirth or miscarriage.

Among non-pregnancy associated cases of listeriosis, death was reported for 29 cases (29.3%), of whom 17 (17.2%) were known to have listeriosis recorded as a cause of death on the death certificate.

Incidence of listeriosis varied geographically, with the lowest incidence in the North West (0.15 per 100,000 population) and the highest in the East Midlands (0.27 per 100,0000 population).

There were 2 listeriosis outbreaks investigated in England, including a national outbreak associated with smoked salmon.

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