Journal article

Genomic insights into a sustained national outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis.

Deborah A Williamson, Sarah L Baines, Glen Carter, Anders Gonçalves da Silva, Xiaoyun Ren, Jill Sherwood, Muriel Dufour, Mark B Schultz, Nigel P French, Torsten Seemann, Timothy P Stinear, Benjamin P Howden

Genome Biol Evol | Oxford Academic | Published : 2017


In 2014, a sustained outbreak of yersiniosis due to Yersinia pseudotuberculosis occurred across all major cities in New Zealand (NZ), with a total of 220 laboratory-confirmed cases, representing one of the largest ever reported outbreaks of Y. pseudotuberculosis Here, we performed whole genome sequencing of outbreak-associated isolates to produce the largest population analysis to date of Y. pseudotuberculosis, giving us unprecedented capacity to understand the emergence and evolution of the outbreak clone. Multivariate analysis incorporating our genomic and clinical epidemiological data strongly suggested a single point-source contamination of the food chain, with subsequent nationwide dist..

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