Oral Presentation BacPath 13: Molecular Analysis of Bacterial Pathogens Conference 2015

Pathogen genomics in Aboriginal health (#45)

Steven Tong 1
  1. Menzies School of Health Research, Casuarina, NT, Australia

Whole genome sequencing has been extensively used to understand the molecular epidemiology of microbial pathogens. However, these technologies have rarely been applied to addressing questions of importance to Aboriginal health.

Our recent research has included inquiries about staphylococcal speciation, investigation of a putative outbreak of a virulent Staphylococcus aureus clone in a remote Aboriginal community, recombination in Chlamydia trachomatis, and understanding household vs community transmission of Group A streptococcus in remote communities.