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Volume 12, Number 5—May 2006
Tuberculosis Special Section


Universal Genotyping in Tuberculosis Control Program, New York City, 2001–2003

Carla M. Clark*Comments to Author , Cynthia R. Driver*, Sonal S. Munsiff*†, Jeffrey R. Driscoll‡, Barry N. Kreiswirth§, Benyang Zhao¶, Adeleh Ebrahimzadeh¶, Max Salfinger‡, Amy S. Piatek*, Jalaa' Abdelwahab†, and the New York City Molecular Epidemiology Working Group
Author affiliations: *New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center, Albany, New York, USA; §Public Health Research Institute, Newark, New Jersey, USA; ¶Public Health Laboratories, New York, New York, USA

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Genotyping of isolates, New York City, 2001–2003*

Isolate characteristics 2001, no. (%) 2002, no. (%) 2003, no. (%)
Culture-positive 965 (100) 840 (100) 880 (100)
Culture received by PHL 928 (96.2) 808 (96.2) 864 (98.2)
Complete genotype (RFLP plus spoligotype) 883 (95.2) 772 (95.5) 782 (90.5)
Clustered genotypes 311 (36.3)† 262 (34.9)† 264 (34.2)†

*PHL, public health laboratory; RFLP, restriction fragment length polymorphism.
†Excludes false-positive cultures.

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1In addition to the authors, members of the New York City Genotyping Working Group include Tracy Agerton, Sara Beatrice, Roseann Costarella, Rafael Fernandez, Dolores Gallagher, Karen Granville, Natalia Kurepina, Fabienne Laraque, Jiehui Li, Michelle Macaraig, Barun Mathema, Lucille Palumbo, Linda Parsons, Alex Ravikovitch, Harry Taber, Rachel Wiseman, and Genet Zickas.