Ben W. Humrighouse

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A suspected case of sexual transmission from a male survivor of Ebola virus disease (EVD) to his female partner (the patient in this report) occurred in Liberia in March 2015. Ebola virus (EBOV) genomes assembled from blood samples from the patient and a semen sample from the survivor were consistent with direct transmission. The genomes shared three(More)
Francisella tularensis has been associated with naturally occurring waterborne outbreaks and is also of interest as a potential biological weapon. Recovery of this pathogen from water using cultural methods is challenging due to the organism's fastidious growth requirements and interference by indigenous bacteria. A 15-min acid treatment procedure prior to(More)
Draft genome sequences of Elizabethkingia meningoseptica and representatives of each of its four historically described genomospecies were sequenced here. Preliminary analysis suggests that Elizabethkingia miricola belongs to genomospecies 2, and both Elizabethkingia anophelis and Elizabethkingia endophytica are most similar to genomospecies 1.
A Gram-negative, aerobic, motile, spiral-shaped bacterium, strain H5569T, was isolated from a human blood sample. Phenotypic and molecular characteristics of the isolate were investigated. Optimal growth was found to occur at 35 °C under aerobic conditions on Heart Infusion Agar supplemented with 5 % rabbit blood. The major fatty acids present in the cells(More)
Corynebacterium minutissimum was first isolated in 1961 from infection sites of patients presenting with erythrasma, a common cutaneous infection characterized by a rash. Since its discovery, C. minutissimum has been identified as an opportunistic pathogen in immunosuppressed cancer and HIV patients. Here, we report the whole-genome sequence of C.(More)
We investigated the bacterial composition of water samples from two service areas within a drinking water distribution system (DWDS), each associated with a different primary source of water (groundwater, GW; surface water, SW) and different treatment process. Community analysis based on 16S rRNA gene clone libraries indicated that Actinobacteria(More)
Results obtained through 16S rRNA gene sequencing and phenotypic testing of eight related, but unidentified, isolates located in a historical collection at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that these isolates belong to a novel genera of bacteria. The genomes of the bacteria, to be named Oblitimonas alkaphilia gen. nov. sp. nov., were(More)
The CDC Special Bacteriology Reference Laboratory (SBRL) collection of human clinical pathogens contains several strains from the genus Devosia, usually found environmentally. We provide here the complete genome of strain H5989, which was isolated from a human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimen and represents a putative novel species in the genus Devosia.