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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2004 Jan;23(1):61-2. Epub 2003 Nov 6.

Use of direct latex agglutination testing of selective broth in the detection of group B strepptococcal carriage in pregnant women.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Microbiology, Hospital "J. M. Morales Meseguer", Avenida Marqués de los Velez s/n, 30008 Murcia, Spain. carsmile@hotmail.com

Abstract

Direct latex agglutination testing of selective broth medium for the detection of group B streptococci was evaluated. Results were compared with those obtained by the recommended subculture method. Among the 551 vaginal-rectal specimens tested, 101 (18.3%) were positive by the subculture method. Of these subcultures, latex agglutination testing detected 99 (98%) positive specimens. Agglutination testing of selective broth is a sensitive method which offers the advantage of saving 24 h in the turnaround time for detection of group B streptococci in pregnant women.

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14605945
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