Zewail City Researchers Publish a New Study in the Transboundary and Emerging Diseases Journal

Through collaboration between the Microbial genomics research group led by Dr. Mohamed Elhadidy, a Professor in Zewail City’s Biomedical Sciences Program, and Zewail City’s Center for Genomics a new study was published in the Transboundary and Emerging Diseases journal.

In this study, microbial comparative genomics was applied to characterize Campylobacter jejuni (food-borne bacterial pathogen) obtained from different food sources and estimate the relative contribution of different potential sources of infection of this bacterium in Egypt.

Campylobacter is considered to be the most common bacterial cause of human gastroenteritis in the world.

The most common clinical symptoms of Campylobacter infections include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, headache, nausea, and/or vomiting.

This study supports the capability of gene-by-gene subtyping methods in identifying genotypic subtypes of Campylobacter jejuni for genomic surveillance-based investigations.

Furthermore, this multidisciplinary study takes a One Health approach that greatly improves the identification of transmission dynamics, enabling comparative genomic surveillance to assist academics, food producers, and public health partners to control Campylobacter in Egypt.