Multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis of Dutch Bordetella pertussis strains reveals rapid genetic changes with clonal expansion during the late 1990s.

@article{Schouls2004MultiplelocusVT,
  title={Multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis of Dutch Bordetella pertussis strains reveals rapid genetic changes with clonal expansion during the late 1990s.},
  author={Leo M. Schouls and Han G. J. van der Heide and Luc Vauterin and Paul Vauterin and Frits R. Mooi},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  year={2004},
  volume={186 16},
  pages={5496-505}
}
Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough, has remained endemic in The Netherlands despite extensive nationwide vaccination since 1953. In the 1990s, several epidemic periods have resulted in many cases of pertussis. We have proposed that strain variation has played a major role in the upsurges of this disease in The Netherlands. Therefore, molecular characterization of strains is important in identifying the causes of pertussis epidemiology. For this reason, we have developed… CONTINUE READING

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