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Novel Technique Finds Undetected Tuberculosis Super-​Spreader in Canada – DLSPH

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 2020149 Views

A U of T-led research team used deep sequencing to find a previously undetected tuberculosis super-spreader in an outbreak in Nunavik, Quebec.

It is the first time the technique is used in tuberculosis transmission in Canada. The researcher’s findings were published today in the eLIFE journal.

“Super-spreading may be playing a key role in transmission in these outbreaks up north,” says the study’s lead, DLSPH Professor Robyn Lee.

“If we can identify specific factors that are associated with super-spreading in Nunavik, when a patient with these characteristics comes into clinic and is diagnosed with tuberculosis, we can ideally triage their contacts, and have them tested more quickly, to help break the chains of transmission.”

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