Diversity among French Bacillus anthracis isolates

Agnès Fouet, Kimothy L. Smith, Chris Keys, Josèe Vaissaire, Claudine Le Doujet, Martine Lévy, Michèle Mock, Paul Keim

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While outbreaks of animal anthrax zoonoses still regularly occur in France, little is known about the epidemiology links between them. We have used the eight-locus multilocus variable-number tandem repeat analysis typing technique against a collection of 50 Bacillus anthracis isolates from France. There were eight distinct genotypes belonging to two dissimilar genetic clusters. Regional strain patterns were observed, with the B2 genotypes prevalent in southern France and the Ala genotypes found only in northern France.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4732-4734
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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