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Volume 11, Number 11—November 2005

Dispatch

Slow Epidemic of Lymphogranuloma Venereum L2b Strain

Joke Spaargaren*, Julius Schachter†, Jeanne Moncada†, Henry J.C. de Vries*‡, Han S.A. Fennema*, A. Salvador Peña§, Roel A. Coutinho*¶, and Servaas A. Morré§Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Municipal Health Service, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; †University of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA; ‡Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; §VU Amsterdam Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; ¶National Institute of Public Health and Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands

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Number of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) L2b variants identified in Chlamydia trachomatis DNA–positive rectal swabs in Amsterdam (2000–2005) and San Francisco (1979–1985)

Location Year* No. L2b /no. samples
Amsterdam 2000 2/67
2001 4/28
2002 40/127
2003 69/276
2004 52/297
2005 26/161
San Francisco 1979 0/1
1980 0/0
1981 2/8
1982 10/29
1983 5/9
1984 0/3
1985 1/1

*In 2002 and 2003, 45 LGV L2b variants of 109 isolates have been described in detail (5).

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