Intercontinental spread of a genetically distinctive complex of clones of Neisseria meningitidis causing epidemic disease.

@article{Caugant1986IntercontinentalSO,
  title={Intercontinental spread of a genetically distinctive complex of clones of Neisseria meningitidis causing epidemic disease.},
  author={Dominique A Caugant and Leif Oddvar Fr\oholm and Kjell B\ovre and E. Holten and Carl E. Frasch and L. F. Mocca and Wendell D. Zollinger and Robert K. Selander},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1986},
  volume={83 13},
  pages={4927-31}
}
Strains of Neisseria meningitidis responsible for an epidemic of meningococcal disease occurring in Norway since the mid-1970s and for recent increases in the incidence of disease in several other parts of Europe have been identified by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis as members of a distinctive group of 22 closely related clones (the ET-5 complex). Clones of this complex have also colonized South Africa, Chile, Cuba, and Florida, where they have been identified as the causative agents of… CONTINUE READING