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Indian J Microbiol. 2011 Jul;51(3):359-62. doi: 10.1007/s12088-011-0108-3. Epub 2011 Feb 14.

Comparison of Capsular Typing of Staphylococcus aureus with Bacteriophage Typing: A Study in Gulbarga, India.


Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is important both as a nosocomial and community acquired pathogen causing various degrees of infections. Typing S. aureus has been a question that is still being addressed. Bacteriophage typing is still used as a golden standard for typing though molecular methods are investigated. In developing countries where neither molecular typing nor the bacteriophage typing methods can be routinely used, the recently developed capsular typing method can be considered as screening method. We compared capsular typing with bacteriophage typing of the strains isolated in Gulbarga, India. We observed that the typeability of capsular typing was significantly higher (96%) among the phage typed strains, and the predominant capsular type in the region was type-8. The data so generated can be used to group S. aureus based on capsules both as a screening prior to bacteriophage typing, and to identify capsular candidate for developing prophylactic and therapeutic alternatives.


Capsular typing; Gulbarga; India; Phage typing; S. aureus

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