Evidence that the spread of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains with the Beijing genotype is human population dependent

  • Hanekom M
  • Van Der Spuy G
  • Gey Van Pittius N
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This study describes a comparative analysis of the Beijing mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit types of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from Cape Town, South Africa, and East Asia. The results show a significant association between the frequency of occurrence of strains from defined Beijing sublineages and the human population from whom they were cultured (P < 0.0001).

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  • M. Hanekom

  • G. D. Van Der Spuy

  • N. C. Gey Van Pittius

  • C. R E McEvoy

  • S. L. Ndabambi

  • T. C. Victor

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