Implementing whole genome sequencing at the European level could save up to five months in detecting multi-country Listeria outbreaks, according to a recent study.

More than half of severe listeriosis cases in the European Union are part of clusters, many of which are not detected fast enough by the current surveillance system. The study, led by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), analyzed 2,726 human Listeria monocytogenes isolates from 27 countries from 2010 to 2015.

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