Wave 2 strains of atypical Vibrio cholerae El Tor caused the 2009-2011 cholera outbreak in Papua New Guinea

Greenhill, Andrew R., Mutreja, Ankur, Bulach, Dieter, Belousoff, Matthew J., Jonduo, Marinjho H., Collins, Deirdre A., Kas, Monalisa P., Wapling, Johanna, Seemann, Torsten, Lafana, Alica, Dougan, Gordon, Brown, Mark V., and Horwood, Paul F. (2019) Wave 2 strains of atypical Vibrio cholerae El Tor caused the 2009-2011 cholera outbreak in Papua New Guinea. Microbial Genomics, 5.

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Vibrio cholerae is the causative agent of cholera, a globally important human disease for at least 200 years. In 2009–2011, the first recorded cholera outbreak in Papua New Guinea (PNG) occurred. We conducted genetic and phenotypic characterization of 21 isolates of V. cholerae, with whole-genome sequencing conducted on 2 representative isolates. The PNG outbreak was caused by an atypical El Tor strain harbouring a tandem repeat of the CTX prophage on chromosome II. Whole-genome sequence data, prophage structural analysis and the absence of the SXT integrative conjugative element was indicative that the PNG isolates were most closely related to strains previously isolated in South-East and East Asia with affiliations to global wave 2 strains. This finding suggests that the cholera outbreak in PNG was caused by an exotic (non-endemic) strain of V. cholerae that originated in South-East Asia.

Item ID: 57343
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2057-5858
Keywords: cholera; Asia; Pacific; O1; V. Cholerae; Oceania
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2019 The Authors. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 03:26
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320211 Infectious diseases @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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