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Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Feb;13(2):332-3.

Yersinia pestis Orientalis in remains of ancient plague patients.

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Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France.

Abstract

Yersinia pestis DNA was recently detected in human remains from 2 ancient plague pandemics in France and Germany. We have now sequenced Y pestis glpD gene in such remains, showing a 93-bp deletion specific for biotype Orientalis. These data show that only Orientalis type caused the 3 plague pandemics.

PMID:
17479906
PMCID:
PMC2725862
DOI:
10.3201/eid1302.060197
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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