In 2019, an outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred during two youth camps in Belgium. The clustering of isolates from both camps was confirmed by next-generation sequencing, as well as a secondary infection of a technician. The outbreak strain clustered with internationally isolated strains from patients with recent travel history to Central America. This report exemplifies enhanced surveillance and international collaboration between public health institutes by enabling to link local outbreaks to region-specific sublineages circulating abroad.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases|
|Early online date||11 Feb 2021|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 11 Feb 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information: The National Reference Centre of Belgium is partially supported by the Belgian Ministry of Social Affairs through a fund within the Health Insurance System.
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Citation: Van den Bossche, A., Ceyssens, PJ., Denayer, S. et al. Outbreak of Central American born Shigella sonnei in two youth camps in Belgium in the summer of 2019. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 40, 1573–1577 (2021).
- Cluster analyses
- Next-generation sequencing
- Shigella sonnei