Alexandra M Linz, Jennifer L Anderson, Jennifer K Meece

Detection of Blastomyces gilchristii via metagenomic sequencing in outbreak-associated soils

  • Infectious Diseases
  • General Medicine

Abstract Cases of Blastomycosis, a serious fungal disease globally rare but endemic to North America, can appear both sporadically and in outbreaks. Tracing these outbreaks to their environment has traditionally used culturing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Here, we present our method for metagenomic detection of Blastomyces in a 2015 outbreak soil sample from central Wisconsin. By sequencing this sample to multiple depths, we simulated the minimum required depth to detect Blastomyces in this outbreak. Our methods and recommendations can be used to identify the sources of blastomycosis during outbreaks and to learn about the ecology of Blastomyces.

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