Understanding Legionella pneumophila genomic diversity for accurate source attribution
Legionella pneumophila are bacteria that can thrive in artificial warm water sources, spreading to people via contaminated aerosols causing the lethal pulmonary infection, Legionnaires’ disease. To prevent outbreaks caused by this pathogen, health officials need to be able to rapidly identify environmental contamination sources. We are using genomics to explore the population structure of L. pneumophila and attempt to develop multivariate statistical methods to predict the environmental origin of clinical isolates.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Victoria, Australia
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