IR Bactyping: A bacterial strain typing method to support epidemiology and infection control in real-time
IR Bactyping is an accurate (>95%), easy to implement and low-cost strain typing tool based on a biochemical fingerprint obtained by Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy that can reduce by >75% the time-to-response (less than 24h) and by 90% the cost of analysis compared to reference typing methods. Because we have proprietary spectral databases, we are able to identify specific strain types that represent main and well-defined lineages involved in local or nationwide epidemics in multiple countries. Precise and timely strain type information is crucial to early identify outbreak events and particular high-risk clones and will contribute to support real-time surveillance, precise and effective infection control measures in healthcare settings.
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