Pre-earthquake non-epidemic Vibrio cholerae in Haiti

Jie Liu, Christopher Winstead-Derlega, Eric Houpt, Rebecca Heidkamp, Jean Pape, Rebecca Dillingham

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Abstract

Introduction: To our knowledge, there was no record of Vibrio cholerae in Haiti until the 2010 post earthquake outbreak. Methodology: This study describes the analysis of 301 stool samples from 117 infants in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who participated in a pediatric nutrition study between July 2008 and October 2009. Results: Nine samples were identified positive with both SYBR Green and Taqman-MGB probe based molecular assays targeting V. cholerae hlyA and toxR, respectively (Ct = 33 - 40), but none were O1 or O139. Conclusions: Our results from multiple molecular assays demonstrate the presence of non-O1/O139 V. cholerae DNA in stools collected from nine asymptomatic Haitian infants two years prior to the 2010 earthquake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-122
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of infection in developing countries
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Epidemic
  • Haiti
  • Microbiology
  • V. cholerae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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