Journal article

Straight from the Horse's "Mouth": Genomic Epidemiology of an Icelandic Equine Epidemic

Mark R Davies

MBIO | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Despite tight biosecurity measures, an outbreak of respiratory disease rapidly spread across the Icelandic equine population in 2010. Horse transportation was brought to a halt in order to contain the spread of the infectious agent. In a recent article, Björnsdóttir and colleagues (S. Björnsdóttir et al., mBio 8:e00826-17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.00826-17) employ the power and resolution of "genomic epidemiology," the combination of whole genomic sequencing and epidemiological approaches, to examine the source and spread of the outbreak. Intriguingly, the outbreak was not viral in origin, but linked to a bacterial "commensal" Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus infection. A na..

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