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SELECTBIO Conferences Advances in NGS - Virtual Event


Cronobacter, the Emergent Bacterial Pathogen Enterobacter Sakazakii Comes of Age

Stephen Forsythe, Professor, Nottingham Trent University

"Following the association of Cronobacter spp. to several publicized fatal outbreaks in neonatal intensive care units of meningitis and necrotising enterocolitis, the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004 requested the improved understanding, detection and characterisation of the organism. This talk will focus on our current knowledge of the organism, and in particular the application of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to Cronobacter which has led to the establishment of the Cronobacter PubMLST genome and sequence definition database ( containing over 1000 isolates with metadata. Applying the 7-loci MLST scheme to 1007 strains revealed 298 definable sequence types, yet only C. sakazakii clonal complex 4 (CC4) was principally associated with neonatal meningitis. This clonal lineage has been confirmed using ribosomal-MLST (51-loci) and whole genome-MLST (1865 loci) to analyse 107 whole genomes via the Cronobacter PubMLST database. This database has enabled the retrospective analysis of historic cases and outbreaks following re-identification of those strains. The Cronobacter PubMLST database offers a central, open access, reliable sequence-based repository for researchers. It has the capacity to create new analysis schemes ‘on the fly’, and to integrate metadata (source, geographic distribution, clinical presentation). "

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