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Australia is experiencing a prolonged epidemic of pertussis that began in 2008. A total of 194 Bordetella pertussis isolates collected from 2008 through 2010 were typed by single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, by multilocus variable number tandem repeats analysis, and by fim3, prn, and ptxP sequence analyses. Strains with 2 closely related SNP(More)
Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is one of the leading causes of gastroenteritis in humans. Phage typing has been used for the epidemiological surveillance of S. Typhimurium for over 4 decades. However, knowledge of the evolutionary relationships between phage types is very limited. In this study, we used single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) as(More)
Bordetella pertussis causes pertussis, a respiratory disease that is most severe for infants. Vaccination was introduced in the 1950s, and in recent years, a resurgence of disease was observed worldwide, with significant mortality in infants. Possible causes for this include the switch from whole-cell vaccines (WCVs) to less effective acellular vaccines(More)
The sensitivity of detection of a wild-type strain of Toxoplasma gondii by cell culture, mouse inoculation, and PCR was determined following sample storage under conditions to which clinical specimens may be subjected during transport to the testing laboratory. Sample storage at -20 degrees C significantly decreased the sensitivity of mouse inoculation. The(More)
The clinical microbiology laboratory has responsibilities ranging from characterizing the causative agent in a patient's infection to helping detect global disease outbreaks. All of these processes are increasingly becoming partnered more intimately with informatics. Effective application of informatics tools can increase the accuracy, timeliness, and(More)
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) causing clinical disease have become increasingly common and more diverse. A new reverse line probe assay, GenoType Mycobacterium CM/AS (Hain Lifescience), was evaluated for identification of a broad range of NTM. It was compared with phenotypic (HPLC) and molecular (DNA probes, in-house real-time multiplex(More)
A b s t r a c t Objective: This study assessed the effect of a handheld computer-based decision support system (DSS) on antibiotic use and patient outcomes in a critical care unit. Design: A DSS containing four types of evidence (patient microbiology reports, local antibiotic guidelines, unit-specific antibiotic susceptibility data for common bacterial(More)
The usefulness of rapid pathogen genotyping is widely recognized, but its effective interpretation and application requires integration into clinical and public health decision-making. How can pathogen genotyping data best be translated to inform disease management and surveillance? Pathogen profiling integrates microbial genomics data into communicable(More)
BACKGROUND neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors have recently become available for treatment of influenza. Rapid antigen detection assays at 'point-of-care' may improve the accuracy of clinical diagnosis, but the value of these techniques in assisting with the appropriate use of antivirals remains controversial. OBJECTIVE to compare the diagnostic utilities of(More)