About the Authors

Savita Jadhav, Nageshwari Gandham
Department of Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College and Hospital, Pimpri, Pune, India

Arif Hussain, Savita Devi, Ashutosh Kumar, Sana Parveen, Niyaz Ahmed
Pathogen Biology Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

Lothar H. Wieler, Christa Ewers
Veterinary Faculty, Institute for Microbiology and Epizootics, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Niyaz Ahmed
Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Niyaz Ahmed
Institute of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, India

Corresponding Author

niyazSL@uohyd.ernet.in

Competing Interests

Niyaz Ahmed is a Section Editor of PLoS ONE and a Member of the PLoS International Advisory Group.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NA. Performed the experiments: SJ AH SD SP. Analyzed the data: AK CE NA. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: NG LHW. Wrote the manuscript: CE NA.