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J Clin Microbiol. 1993 Mar;31(3):685-8.

Five cases of primary amebic meningoencephalitis in Mexicali, Mexico: study of the isolates.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, E.N.C.B., I.P.N., Carpio y Plan de Ayala, Col. Santo Tom├ís, Mexico, D.F.


Five Naegleria strains isolated from patients with primary amebic meningoencephalitis and one strain isolated from the water of an artificial canal were investigated. All strains were pathogenic for mice when instilled intranasally and showed cytopathic effects in Vero cell cultures. Their growth characteristics (isolation and subculture at 45 degrees C), serological results, and isoenzyme patterns permitted us to identify the six strains as Naegleria fowleri. This is the first time that Naegleria fowleri has been isolated from patients with primary amebic meningoencephalitis in Mexico.

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