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Bacterial interference in streptococcal tonsillitis.

Abstract

On the basis of the presented results and those published by other investigators it can be stated that in the throat (i) bacterial interference is a multifaceted phenomenon; (ii) bacterial interference not only varies individually but also fluctuates in the individual by time and the epidemiological situation; (iii) bacterial interference among the microbes in the normal flora apparently helps the individual to combat the invading microorganisms; (iv) bacteriocins, if present, in the invading bacteria represent an important virulence factor; (v) bacterial interference as a factor of the host resistance to infection can be influenced negatively by antibiotic therapy; (vi) bacterial interference can act synergistically with antibiotics given in optimal doses saving the normal flora.

PMID:
6417771
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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