The project aims at building a Swiss multi-center pathogen surveillance platform, based on whole genome sequencing data of multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria. Starting with MRSA as a model, the platform will ultimately be expanded to other pathogens (bacteria and viruses). We anticipate that a shared surveillance platform between human and veterinary medicine, including environmental and food isolates in the future, will enable detailed transmission and outbreak surveillance of pathogens, with actionable results for public health policy.
In contrast to existing efforts, our project envisions near real-time surveillance, including the automated modelling of transmission events, epidemiological warning functions, and linkage with high-resolution geographical data.
Centers for the proof-of-concept study:
It is planned to open the platform to other centers and institutions after the first phase.