The monitoring of epidemic
Pseudomonas aeruginosais important for cystic fibrosis (CF) infection control. The prairie epidemic strain (PES) is common in western Canadian CF clinics. Using whole-genome sequencing, we identified a novel genomic island and developed a PCR assay for PES. Against a collection of 186 P. aeruginosaisolates, the assay had 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity.