Recent clonal origin of cholera in Haiti

Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Apr;17(4):699-701. doi: 10.3201/eid1704.101973.

Abstract

Altered El Tor Vibrio cholerae O1, with classical cholera toxin B gene, was isolated from 16 patients with severe diarrhea at St. Mark's Hospital, Arbonite, Haiti, <3 weeks after onset of the current cholera epidemic. Variable-number tandem-repeat typing of 187 isolates showed minimal diversity, consistent with a point source for the epidemic.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Cholera / microbiology*
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genotype
  • Haiti
  • Humans
  • Multilocus Sequence Typing
  • Tandem Repeat Sequences / genetics
  • Vibrio cholerae O1 / classification*
  • Vibrio cholerae O1 / genetics*
  • Viral Proteins / genetics

Substances

  • Viral Proteins