About the Authors

Holger C. Scholz

Contributed equally to this work with: Holger C. Scholz, Talima Pearson

holger1scholz@bundeswehr.org; hcscholz@t-online.de

Affiliation Department of Bacteriology and Toxinology, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Munich, Germany

Talima Pearson

Contributed equally to this work with: Holger C. Scholz, Talima Pearson

Affiliation Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

Heidie Hornstra

Affiliation Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

Michaela Projahn

Affiliation Department of Bacteriology and Toxinology, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Munich, Germany

Rahime Terzioglu

Affiliation Department of Bacteriology and Toxinology, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Munich, Germany

Renate Wernery

Affiliation Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Enrico Georgi

Affiliation Department of Bacteriology and Toxinology, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Munich, Germany

Julia M. Riehm

Affiliation Department of Bacteriology and Toxinology, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Munich, Germany

David M. Wagner

Affiliation Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

Paul S. Keim

Affiliation Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

Marina Joseph

Affiliation Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Bobby Johnson

Affiliation Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Joerg Kinne

Affiliation Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shanti Jose

Affiliation Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Crystal M. Hepp

Affiliation Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

Angela Witte

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, Immunbiology and Genetics, MFPL laboratories, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Ulrich Wernery

Affiliation Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HCS UW RW DMW PSK AW. Performed the experiments: HH JMR MP RT EG MJ BJ MK SJ CMH JK. Analyzed the data: HH TP HCS UW CMH RW AW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: UW RW PSK HCS. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: HCS TP HH.