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Eur J Epidemiol. 1994 Oct;10(5):645-8.

Salmonella enteritidis phage types in Germany.

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Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine, Berlin, Germany.


In order to monitor the epidemiological situation of S. enteritidis in Germany, in 1990-91 1138 isolates from more than 180 locations in West Germany were phage typed. 1124 strains (98.8%) from all sources were typeable, belonging to 21 different phage types (PT). PT4 strains were isolated most frequently (70.8%). In addition, PT7, 25, 34 and 8 were of epidemiological relevance with incidences of 7.2 to 4.5%. The comparison of data shows that in Germany, like in other parts of Europe, PT4 predominates. This phage type is, however, infrequent in North America, where PT8 has the highest incidence.

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