Three German organizations have created a consortium to monitor bacterial pathogens and detect outbreaks faster.

The University of Münster, Research Center Borstel and the Robert Koch Institute formed the miGenomeSurv network (microbial genome-based surveillance of infectious agents).

This network is based on national reference laboratories, where infectious agents relevant to the population are characterized microbiologically and via genome analysis. Genome sequencing methods provide DNA fingerprints and other characteristics of the bacteria allowing surveillance and cluster detection.

The initial focus includes Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and Listeria monocytogenes and submitted samples dated from early 2019, reaching almost 3,000 by the second
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Researchers at the Pasteur Institut in France have developed a genomic analysis method for classifying and identifying Yersinia strains and estimating pathogenicity.

The Yersinia genus covers a range of bacteria distinguished by criteria such as whether or not they are able to cause disease. It is part of the family Enterobacteriaceae and includes 19 species. The foodborne pathogens Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis cause enteric yersiniosis, a disease transmissible by food. Strains within species such as Yersinia enterocolitica also vary in pathogenic properties.

Yersinia enterocolitica is the third biggest cause of bacterial diarrhea in temperate and cold countries after Salmonella
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