Whole genome sequencing helped identify concurrent outbreaks of a rare Salmonella serotype in Germany in 2017, according to a study.

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of Salmonella Kottbus isolates revealed three co-circulating clusters in the country between June and August 2017. A total of 69 infections were identified in 13 German states. Median age was 55 years with a range of 0 to 91 and 55 percent were female. Salmonella Kottbus is a rare serotype with usually three to four reports of patients per month.

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