Genetic profiling of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Tunisia: predominance and evidence for the establishment of a few genotypes.

@article{Namouchi2008GeneticPO,
  title={Genetic profiling of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Tunisia: predominance and evidence for the establishment of a few genotypes.},
  author={Amine Namouchi and Anis Karboul and Besma Mhenni and Neila Khabouchi and Raja Haltiti and Ridha Ben Hassine and B{\'e}chir Louzir and Abdellatif Chabbou and Helmi Mardassi},
  journal={Journal of medical microbiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={57 Pt 7},
  pages={
          864-72
        }
}
Typing analyses of 378 Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates collected between the years 2001 and 2005 from three northern representative regions of Tunisia revealed a highly homogeneous population. Indeed, 84.9 % of all tuberculosis (TB) cases were attributed to the Haarlem, LAM or T families. Strikingly, within each family, more than 60 % of TB cases were due to a single genotype. ST50 (Haarlem3) and ST42 (LAM9) genotypes were exceptionally predominant, representing 46.3 % of all typed isolates… CONTINUE READING

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