Using genomics to track hospital transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MROs)

Norelle Sherry1,2, Jason Kwong1,2, Claire Gorrie1, Benjamin Howden1,2 and M. Lindsay Grayson2

1Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Laboratory, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Melbourne at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity, 792 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

2Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg VIC 3084


Genomics, or whole genome sequencing (WGS), has been used in the research setting to investigate outbreaks of pathogens for more than a decade, and has significant advantages over traditional typing methods. However, its translation into routine use to track pathogen transmission in hospitals has been limited. In this talk, we will discuss the applications of genomics for infection control, how Infection Control Practitioners can upskill and get involved, and how this technology can be tailored to meet the needs of hospitals infection control.


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