Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, June 1st, 1998
In Canada, molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, using IS6110, began in 1993 with studies to confirm suspected clusters. Its subsequent use has detected laboratory contamination events, identified casual contacts, and confirmed nosocomial and autopsy transmission. The RFLP tool has confirmed inter-provincial spread of disease and has identified longitudinal extension of inner city epidemics.
In Western Canada, strong TB control programs have maintained rates...
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