Overview of molecular typing methods for outbreak detection and epidemiological surveillance.

  title={Overview of molecular typing methods for outbreak detection and epidemiological surveillance.},
  author={Artur J. Sabat and Ana Budimir and Dimitar Nashev and Raquel S{\'a}-Le{\~a}o and Jan Maarten van Dijl and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Laurent and H. P. Grundmann and Alexander W. Friedrich},
  journal={Euro surveillance : bulletin Europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin},
  volume={18 4},
Typing methods for discriminating different bacterial isolates of the same species are essential epidemiological tools in infection prevention and control. Traditional typing systems based on phenotypes, such as serotype, biotype, phage-type, or antibiogram, have been used for many years. However, more recent methods that examine the relatedness of isolates at a molecular level have revolutionised our ability to differentiate among bacterial types and subtypes. Importantly, the development of… CONTINUE READING
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