In November 2017, supermarket loyalty cards were used to trace the source of a large E Coli outbreak affecting mainly men in England. Find out how in this blog from our Disease Detectives series.
Dr Kathie Grant is an internationally recognised expert in the field of foodborne pathogens with 30 years’ experience in public health and clinical microbiology and a research interest in exploiting whole genome sequencing (WGS) of bacterial pathogens to improve the understanding and control of foodborne bacterial illness. She is currently Head of Public Health England’s Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit at Colindale, United Kingdom which is the national reference laboratory for a range of foodborne pathogens including Salmonella, E. coli VTEC, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium botulinum. Since joining the laboratory in 2001 she has championed the use of molecular methods leading to improvements in the detection and investigation of bacterial foodborne disease within the UK. Her laboratory is one of the first laboratories in the world to implement the use of WGS for routine bacterial reference service delivery.
Genomic information is important for a range of areas in public health protection, from tracking infectious disease outbreaks, to identifying inherited disorders, and characterising mutations that underpin the progression of cancers. Genome: An organism’s complete set of DNA, including all …