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Volume 15, Number 10—October 2009

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Fine-scale Identification of the Most Likely Source of a Human Plague Infection

Rebecca E. Colman, Amy J. Vogler, Jennifer L. Lowell, Kenneth L. Gage, Christina Morway, Pamela J. Reynolds, Paul Ettestad, Paul Keim, Michael Y. Kosoy, and David M. WagnerComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA (R.E. Colman, A.J. Vogler, P. Keim, D. Wagner); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (J.L. Lowell, K.L. Gage, C. Morway, M.Y. Kosoy); New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (P.J. Reynolds, P. Ettestad)

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Table 1

Five Yersinia pestis isolates examined to determine the source of a human plague infection in New Mexico, USA*

CDC isolate ID Collection date Collection source MLVA
genotype† Flea source of Y. pestis isolate Rodent source of flea
NM024452 2002 Nov 5 Human A NA (human) NA (human)
NM02-1852-138 2002 Jul 17 Yard B Orchopeas sexdentatus Neotoma micropus
NM02-1856-140 2002 Jul 18 Yard B O. neotomae N. micropus
NM02-4477-309 2002 Nov 9 Yard B Peromyscopsylla hesperomys Peromyscus leucopus
ED425 2003 Apr 4 Trail C O. sexdentatus N. micropus

*CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; ID, identification number; MLVA, multiple locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis; NA, not applicable.
†See Figure 2.

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