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AMD in Action: Fighting Infectious Disease on Many Fronts

Whole Genome Sequencing Pinpoints Single Case and Potential New Listeria Source

Woman eating a saladIn routine food testing, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found Listeria in bagged lettuce. Investigators conducted whole genome sequencing and found one of the closest matches between an infected person and a contaminated food product that they had ever seen.


Using AMD methods to track polio

Child taking medicineWhen polio broke out in the Horn of Africa in 2013, Kenya lab technicians quickly identified the source as a wild virus and sent specimens to CDC. Overnight, CDC scientists sequenced the virus and identified it as coming from Nigeria—on the other side of the continent.


Decoding MERS Coronavirus: AMD provides quick answers

Human serum antibodies react with MERS-CoV-infected Vero cells, indicating the patient has been infected with MERS-CoV.In early May 2014, CDC received a mucus specimen from a MERS patient. In less than 48 hours, CDC used Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) methods to sequence the complete virus genome.