A preprint has been published describing the Invasive Respiratory Infection Surveillance (IRIS) Initiative that reveals significant reductions in invasive bacterial infections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRIS project nicely demonstrates how the PubMLST database infrastructure can be used to facilitate both public and private data collection and organisation for a large international consortium.
We have added an isolate database for Mycobacteroides abscessus complex. The typing database was set up in 2012 to support publication of the MLST scheme described in Kim et al. 2013 Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 77:143-9, but until now this had not been linked to isolate records.
If you're a curator on PubMLST, you can now modify how you receive E-mail notification of submissions. Reduce the frequency to daily digests if you're getting too many. Options can be set in your PubMLST account settings (https://pubmlst.org/bigsdb).
An MLST scheme for Shewanella spp. is now available. This has been developed by Jonatan Martín-Rodríguez and colleagues at the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. It is described in Martín-Rodríguez et al. 2019 FEMS Microbiol Ecol 95:fiy210.
A MLST scheme for Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, a causative agent of chronic periodontitis, is now available. This scheme has been developed by Niels Nørskov-Lauritsen and Signe Nedergaard, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
A new database and cgMLST scheme for Xanthomonas citri, the causative agent of citrus canker, is now available. The scheme has been developed by Mark Enright and colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.