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Indian J Med Res. 2003 Aug;118:68-70.

Indirect immunofluorescent antibody test for the rapid diagnosis of melioidosis.

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Department of Microbiology, Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, India.


Culture is the only reliable method available at present for the diagnosis of melioidosis. Though serological tests have been described, their value in routine diagnosis is controversial. All indirect immunofluorescent assay (IFA) was therefore evaluated to determine its use in the diagnosis of melioidosis. Whole cell antigen prepared from a laboratory isolate of Burkholderia pseudomallei was used to assay IgG and IgM antibodies. Fourteen of the 22 (63.6%) culture proven cases had IgM antibodies while only 10 (45.5%) had IgG antibodies. Negative predictive value of IgM assay was 92 per cent. Positive predictive value was 100 per cent if both IgM and IgG were considered together. The present study done on a limited number of samples suggests that IFA may be useful in routine diagnosis of melioidosis.

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