A PubMLST forum event on sexually transmitted diseases was held on Friday 11th June. Videos of the event are now available on the PubMLST YouTube channel.

COVID-19 lockdowns significantly reduced transmission of invasive bacterial diseases.

PubMLST infrastructure used for collating data for large study involving reference laboratories in 26 countries. See full press release and the published paper in Lancet Digital Health.

A MLST scheme for the pathogen Mammaliicoccus sciuri is now available. This has been developed by Igor Loncaric and Michael Szostak at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria.

A preprint has been published describing the Invasive Respiratory Infection Surveillance (IRIS) Initiative that reveals significant reductions in invasive bacterial infections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRIS project nicely demonstrates how the PubMLST database infrastructure can be used to facilitate both public and private data collection and organisation for a large international consortium.

Videos from the PubMLST showcase event on November 13 are now available online.

If you're a curator on PubMLST, you can now modify how you receive E-mail notification of submissions. Reduce the frequency to daily digests if you're getting too many. Options can be set in your PubMLST account settings (https://pubmlst.org/bigsdb).

We have updated the Haemophilus parasuis database to reflect the change in taxonomy to Glaesserella parasuis. Old links will continue to work.

We have unveiled a new look for the site today. Many thanks to the web development team at Manta Ray Media for all their efforts.