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Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)

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Molecular typing of Burkholderia mallei strains using Whole Genome Sequencing data.

Test Category:
Molecular Differentiation
Burkholderia mallei
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Glanders

Pure bacterial culture

Collection Method:

Pure bacterial culture – plate or swab

Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Store bacterial cultures refrigerated until shipped for testing.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.

Patient Criteria:

Confirmed Burkholderia mallei infection. 

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Bioforensics Assay Development and Diagnostics requisition including sender name, address and telephone number. Patient name or identifier (referring lab #), date of birth, suspected exposure, test(s) requested, clinical history. Type of specimen and date collected. If possible, include the antibiotics administered and travel history. 



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

The phylogenetic relationships between strains are determined using Whole Genome Sequencing data based on single base pair variants (SNVs) at specific genomic locations.

Turnaround Time:

14 calendar days for a final result.

Phone #: (204) 784-5928 or 1-877-212-6108
Fax: (204) 789-5009
  1. Petkau, A, et al. 2017. “SNVPhyl: A Single Nucleotide Variant Phylogenomics Pipeline for Microbial Genomic Epidemiology.” Microb Genom, Jun 8;3(6):e000116. doi: 10.1099/mgen.0.000116
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