Epidemiologic typing systems

Joel Maslow, Maury Ellis Mulligan

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Microbial strain typing is a useful adjunct to clinical epidemiology. Phenotypic typing systems examine expressed characteristics, whereas genotypic systems, including recent PCR-based systems, examine chromosomal or plasmid DNA. Typing systems have evaluated bacteria, fungi, and viruses successfully. The criteria used to assess the utility of each system include typeability, reproducibility, and discriminatory power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-604
Number of pages10
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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