Higher frequency of Mycobacterium tuberculosis ancestral EAI strains, in the northern region of Brazil, as compared to previous studies in South America and Brazil

Emilyn Costa Conceição, Maria Luíza Lopes, Nalin Rastogi, David Couvin, Ismari Perini Furlaneto, Harrison Magdinier Gomes, Sidra Ezídio Gonçalves Vasconcellos, Suffys Philip Noel, Maria Paula Cruz Schneider, Maísa Silva De Sousa, Christophe Sola, Ricardo José De Paula Souza E Guimarães, Rafael Silva Duarte & Karla Valeria Lima
Background: Rare genotyping information is available for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains circulating in the Northern part of Brazil, including the state of Pará.

Methods: Thus, we characterized the MTBC clinical isolates from this state by spoligotyping and compare the data with patterns found around the world, besides analyzing drug resistance, and socio-demographic information. We also performed Geographic Information System (GIS) analyses to highlight potential specificities of MTBC strains distribution in the region using...
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