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Trends Microbiol. 1997 Apr;5(4):161-5.

The evolution of epidemic Vibrio cholerae strains.

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Research Laboratory for Infectious Diseases, National Institute for Public Health and Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands. fr.mooi@rivm.nl

Abstract

The emergence of the novel Vibrio cholerae strain, O139 Bengal, which caused a large epidemic in Southeast Asia, underlines the adaptability of pathogenic microorganisms. Recent studies reveal that horizontal transfer of cell-wall polysaccharide genes played a central role in the emergence of this strain and that its genesis may not be as unique as initially believed.

PMID:
9141191
DOI:
10.1016/S0966-842X(96)10086-X
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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