Whole genome sequencing as a novel approach for characterising Neisseria meningitidis in Australia

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Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) is the causative agent of invasive meningococcal disease that manifests as life-threatening septicaemia and/or meningitis. This review provides a brief overview of the prevention of the disease and also highlights the importance of whole genome sequencing (WGS) in detecting outbreaks of meningococci in Australia. The use of WGS in identifying the emergence of a penicillin-resistant cluster of meningococci is Western Australia is used as an example for advocating the implementation of WGS on the routine surveillance in Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-145
Number of pages4
JournalMicrobiology Australia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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