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Study details why listeriosis rates are 20-fold higher during pregnancy

fense mechanism," Bakardjiev said. "It's rare for a pregnant woman to get infected, but once she is, she can't clear the infection unless the placenta is expelled."

Portnoy and Bakardjiev are now studying how Listeria moves from the digestive tract to the placenta. "An understanding of these mechanisms," Portnoy said, "might contribute to designing methods for prevention and therapy of listeriosis in pregnant women." The study was supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health. Anna Bakardjiev's work was also supported by a Career Development Award for physician scientists from the NIH.


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3-Jul-2006


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