Tuberculosis due to Resistant Haarlem Strain, Tunisia
Published Date:Jun 2005
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 11(6):957-961.
Bacterial Typing Techniques
DNA Transposable Elements
Drug Resistance, Bacterial
Keywords: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
Description:Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was diagnosed in 21 HIV-negative, nonhospitalized male patients residing in northern Tunisia. A detailed investigation showed accelerated transmission of a Mycobacterium tuberculosis clone of the Haarlem type in 90% of all patients. This finding highlights the epidemic potential of this prevalent genotype.
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