Coexistence of multiple multilocus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis subtypes of Clostridium difficile PCR ribotype 027 strains within fecal specimens

Hannah E. Tanner, Katherine J. Hardy, Peter M. Hawkey

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Abstract

We investigated whether multilocus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA) typing could identify different subtypes of Clostridium difficile ribotype 027 within the same feces specimen. Five of 39 specimens yielded at least one isolate with an MLVA profile different (more than five summed tandem repeat differences) from that of other isolates in the same specimen, thereby potentially obscuring epidemiological links between C. difficile infection cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-987
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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