Use of a Whole Genome Sequencing-based approach for Mycobacterium tuberculosis surveillance in Europe in 2017-2019: an ECDC pilot study.

Last updated on 20-12-2020 by Vanessa Mathys

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Whole genome sequencing (WGS) can be used for molecular typing and characterisation of complex (MTBC) strains. We evaluated the systematic use of a WGS-based approach for MTBC surveillance involving all European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries and highlight the challenges and lessons learned to be considered for the future development of a WGS-based surveillance system.WGS and epidemiological data of patients with rifampicin (RR) and multi-drug resistant (MDR)-tuberculosis (TB) were collected from EU/EEA countries between January 2017 and December 2019. WGS-based genetic rel…

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