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How machine learning pinpoints origin of Legionnaires’ disease

16 Feb 2024

How machine learning pinpoints origin of Legionnaires’ disease

Legionnaires’ disease made headlines in Australia at the beginning of the year due to an outbreak of the lung infection in Sydney’s city centre.

Fundamental to effective Legionnaires’ disease outbreak control is the ability to rapidly identify the environmental sources of the causative bacteria, Legionella pneumophila. Could artificial intelligence be the answer?

Dr. Andrew Buultjens is the lead author of a transformative study harnessing the power of machine learning to accurately pinpoint the origins of this bacteria.


Peer review article: Buultjens AH, Vandelannoote K, Mercoulia K, Ballard S, Sloggett C, Howden BP, Seemann T, Stinear TP. 0. High performance Legionella pneumophila source attribution using genomics-based machine learning classification. Appl Environ Microbiol 0:e01292-23.

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