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Dynamics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Lineages in Oman, 2009 to 2018

Al-Mahrouqi, Sara, Ahmed, Reham, Al-Azri, Saleh, Al-Hamidhi, Salama, Balkhair, Abdullah A., Al-Jardani, Amina, Al-Fahdi, Amira, Al-Balushi, Laila, Al-Zadjali, Samia, Adikaram, Chamila, Al-Marhoubi, Asmhan, Gadalla, Amal ORCID: and Babiker, Hamza A. 2022. Dynamics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Lineages in Oman, 2009 to 2018. Pathogens 11 (5) , 541. 10.3390/pathogens11050541

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Study aim. Effective Tuberculosis (TB) control measures in Oman have reduced the annual incidence of tuberculosis cases by 92% between 1981 and 2016. However, the current incidence remains above the program control target of <1 TB case per 100,000 population. This has been partly attributed to a high influx of migrants from countries with high TB burdens. The present study aimed to elucidate Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection dynamics among nationals and foreigners over a period of 10 years. Methods. The study examined TB cases reported between 2009 and 2018 and examined the spatial heterogeneity of TB cases and the distribution of M. tuberculosis genotypes defined by spoligotypes and MIRU-VNTR among Omanis and foreigners. Results. A total of 484 spoligoprofiles were detected among the examined isolates (n = 1295). These include 943 (72.8%) clustered and 352 (27.2%) unique isolates. Diverse M. tuberculosis lineages exist in all provinces in Oman, with most lineages shared between Omanis and foreigners. The most frequent spoligotypes were found to belong to EAI (318, 30.9%), CAS (310, 30.1%), T (154, 14.9%), and Beijing (88, 8.5%) lineages. However, the frequencies of these lineages differed between Omanis and foreigners. Of the clustered strains, 192 MTB isolates were further analysed via MIRU-VNTR. Each isolate exhibited a unique MIRU-VNTR profile, indicative of absence of ongoing transmission. Conclusions. TB incidence exhibits spatial heterogeneity across Oman, with high levels of diversity of M. tuberculosis lineages among Omanis and foreigners and sub-lineages shared between the two groups. However, MIRU-VNTR analysis ruled out ongoing transmission.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Additional Information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/).
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2076-0817
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 July 2022
Date of Acceptance: 29 April 2022
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 03:25

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