Integrated view of Vibrio cholerae in the Americas
Domman D., Quilici M-L., Dorman MJ., Njamkepo E., Mutreja A., Mather AE., Delgado G., Morales-Espinosa R., Grimont PAD., Lizárraga-Partida ML., Bouchier C., Aanensen DM., Kuri-Morales P., Tarr CL., Dougan G., Parkhill J., Campos J., Cravioto A., Weill F-X., Thomson NR.
Wave upon wave of disease The cholera pathogen, Vibrio cholerae , is considered to be ubiquitous in water systems, making the design of eradication measures apparently fruitless. Nevertheless, local and global Vibrio populations remain distinct. Now, Weill et al. and Domman et al. show that a surprising diversity between continents has been established. Latin America and Africa bear different variants of cholera toxin with different transmission dynamics and ecological niches. The data are not consistent with the establishment of long-term reservoirs of pandemic cholera or with a relationship to climate events. Science , this issue p. 785 , p. 789