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Emerg Infect Dis. 2002 May;8(5):516-8.

Molecular characterization of Corynebacterium diphtheriae isolates, Russia, 1957-1987.

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Department of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway. vegards@fagmed.uit.no

Abstract

In the 1990s, the Newly Independent and Baltic States of the former Soviet Union experienced the largest diphtheria outbreak since the 1960s; it was caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae strains of a unique clonal group. To address its origin, we studied 47 clinical isolates from Russia and demonstrated that this clonal group was an integral part of the endemic reservoir that existed in Russia at least 5 years before the epidemic began.

PMID:
11996689
PMCID:
PMC2732482
DOI:
10.3201/eid0805.010276
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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