Complete Genome Sequences of Six Legionella pneumophila Isolates from Two Collocated Outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease in 2005 and 2008 in Sarpsborg/Fredrikstad, Norway

Genome Announc. 2016 Dec 15;4(6):e01367-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01367-16.


Here, we report the complete genome sequences of Legionella pneumophila isolates from two collocated outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in 2005 and 2008 in Sarpsborg/Fredrikstad, Norway. One clinical and two environmental isolates were sequenced from each outbreak. The genome of all six isolates consisted of a 3.36 Mb-chromosome, while the 2005 genomes featured an additional 68 kb-episome sharing high sequence similarity with the L. pneumophila Lens plasmid. All six genomes contained multiple mobile genetic elements including novel combinations of type-IVA secretion systems. A comparative genomics study will be launched to resolve the genetic relationship between the L. pneumophila isolates.

Grant support

This work was funded by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment FFI.