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J Clin Microbiol. 1988 Dec;26(12):2661-3.

Comparison of modified Bordet-Gengou and modified Regan-Lowe media for the isolation of Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis.

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  • 1Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706.


Culture and fluorescent-antibody methods for detection of Bordetella species were evaluated by two state public health laboratories. Field-inoculated plates of Regan-Lowe agar medium were most useful if incubation was initiated on the day of collection. Regan-Lowe and Bordet-Gengou media were comparable for subculturing nasopharyngeal specimens that were transported and enriched in half-strength Regan-Lowe agar. Maximum sensitivity was achieved when the media were used in parallel. Fluorescent-antibody-stained smears of nasopharyngeal specimens were more sensitive for detection of Bordetella pertussis than for detection of Bordetella parapertussis. The fluorescent-antibody method, however, was too insensitive for use without culture.

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