Pia Zimmermann

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We describe a cluster of cowpox virus (CPXV) infections in humans that occurred near Munich, Germany, around the beginning of 2009. Previously, only sporadic reports of CPXV infections in humans after direct contact with various animals had been published. This outbreak involved pet rats from the same litter.
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB), which is caused by Mycobacterium bovis and M. caprae, is a notifiable animal disease in Germany. Diagnostic procedure is based on a prescribed protocol that is published in the framework of German bTB legislation. In this protocol small sample volumes are used for DNA extraction followed by real-time PCR analyses. As mycobacteria(More)
We report the draft genome sequence of Lysinibacillus sp. strain BF-4. Strain BF-4 has a notably small genome for a free-living bacillus, with a size of 2.63 Mbp. In agreement with phenotypic observations, the genome lacks genes essential for endospore formation.
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