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J Clin Microbiol. 1996 May; 34(5): 1189–1192.
PMCID: PMC228980

Molecular characterization of Vibrio cholerae O1 strains isolated during cholera outbreaks in Guinea-Bissau.


In the present study, 19 strains of Vibrio cholerae O1 biotype El Tor isolated during outbreaks of cholera in Guinea-Bissau in 1987, 1994, and 1995 were characterized to investigate a possible epidemiological relationship among the isolates. On the basis of ribotyping with the restriction enzyme BglI, 5 strains isolated in 1987 showed two closely related ribotypes, while 14 strains isolated in 1994 and 1995 showed the same ribotype that was distinct from the ribotypes of strains isolated in 1987. Southern blot hybridization of BglI-digested genomic DNA with a cholera toxin probe demonstrated that the strains isolated in 1987 showed an identical cholera toxin genotype, whereas O1 strains isolated in 1994 and 1995 showed the same genotype that was distinct from the genotype of strains isolated in 1987. These results were supported by the results of antibiotic susceptibility testing, in which strains isolated in 1987 showed resistance to polymyxin B only, while each of the strains from 1994 and 1995 showed resistance to polymyxin B, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and the vibriostatic agent O/129. Although our results are based on a limited number of V. cholerae O1 strains, they suggest that the epidemic in Guinea-Bissau in 1994 and 1995 was due to the introduction of a new strain to the country.

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