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J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Aug;49(8):3021-3. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00514-11. Epub 2011 Jun 22.

Use of filter paper as a transport medium for laboratory diagnosis of cholera under field conditions.

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  • 1Centre National de Référence des Vibrions et du Choléra, Unité des Bactéries Pathogènes Entériques, 25-28 Rue du Docteur Roux, 75015 Paris, France.


Confirmation of a cholera epidemic is based on bacteriological identification of the agent and requires the sending of samples to a culture laboratory, often in countries with limited resources. Comparison of the use of filter paper with the use of Cary-Blair reference medium for stool transport showed that this simple transport medium is appropriate for the recovery of Vibrio cholerae.

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