Choosing an appropriate bacterial typing technique for epidemiologic studies

  title={Choosing an appropriate bacterial typing technique for epidemiologic studies},
  author={Betsy Foxman and Lixin Zhang and James S. Koopman and Shannon D. Manning and Carl F. Marrs},
  journal={Epidemiologic perspectives & innovations : EP+I},
  pages={10 - 10}
A wide variety of bacterial typing systems are currently in use that vary greatly with respect to the effort required, cost, reliability and ability to discriminate between bacterial strains. No one technique is optimal for all forms of investigation. We discuss the desired level of discrimination and need for a biologic basis for grouping strains of apparently different types when using bacterial typing techniques for different epidemiologic applications: 1) confirming epidemiologic linkage in… CONTINUE READING

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