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J Clin Microbiol. 1994 Dec;32(12):3075-7.

Transportation of Helicobacter pylori cultures by optimal systems.

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Department of Clinical Microbiology, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


Cultures of Helicobacter pylori on chocolate agar slants in bijou bottles and on chocolate agar plates inside BBL Campy Pouches were mailed from Dublin to Galway, Ireland; Bordeaux, France; and Beijing, China. Both systems maintained viability of H. pylori for at least 4 days under mailing conditions. Ninety percent of the isolates on the slants survived for 6 days, but only 30% of the isolates in the pouches survived. When the slants were stored at 4 degrees C after arrival, 50% of the isolates were recoverable 10 days after mailing. Failure of recovery was due to coccoid formation by the organisms. Contamination was not a problem in either system. Chocolate agar slants are considered the more suitable system for transporting H. pylori cultures, especially when transport time longer than 4 days is expected.

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