Phylogenetic Analysis of Francisella tularensis Group A.II Isolates from 5 Patients with Tularemia, Arizona, USA, 2015-2017

Dawn N. Birdsell, Hayley Yaglom, Edwin Rodriguez, David M. Engelthaler, Matthew Maurer, Marlene Gaither, Jacob Vinocur, Joli Weiss, Joel Terriquez, Kenneth Komatsu, Mary Ellen Ormsby, Marette Gebhardt, Catherine Solomon, Linus Nienstadt, Charles H.D. Williamson, Jason W. Sahl, Paul S Keim, David M Wagner

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Abstract

We examined 5 tularemia cases in Arizona, USA, during 2015-2017. All were caused by Francisella tularensis group A.II. Genetically similar isolates were found across large spatial and temporal distances, suggesting that group A.II strains are dispersed across long distances by wind and exhibit low replication rates in the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)944-946
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

Keywords

  • Arizona
  • bacteria
  • evolution
  • Francisella tularensis
  • group A.II
  • phylogenetic analysis
  • tularemia
  • United States
  • whole-genome sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Birdsell, D. N., Yaglom, H., Rodriguez, E., Engelthaler, D. M., Maurer, M., Gaither, M., Vinocur, J., Weiss, J., Terriquez, J., Komatsu, K., Ormsby, M. E., Gebhardt, M., Solomon, C., Nienstadt, L., Williamson, C. H. D., Sahl, J. W., Keim, P. S., & Wagner, D. M. (2019). Phylogenetic Analysis of Francisella tularensis Group A.II Isolates from 5 Patients with Tularemia, Arizona, USA, 2015-2017. Emerging infectious diseases, 25(5), 944-946. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2505.180363