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European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 215-217

First online:

An improved antiserum agar method for detecting carriage ofHaemophilus influenzae type b

  • M. L. BarbourAffiliated withDepartment of Public Health, John Radcliffe HospitalPublic Health Laboratories, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • , D. W. CrookAffiliated withPublic Health Laboratories, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • , R. T. Mayon-WhiteAffiliated withDepartment of Public Health, John Radcliffe Hospital

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Abstract

Enriched Columbia medium was tested against Levinthal medium for the isolation ofHaemophilus influenzae type b. In both media,Haemophilus influenzae type b recovery and antigen-antibody precipitation halos were equivalent.Haemophilus influenzae type b colony size and iridescence were superior on enriched Columbia medium. Enriched Columbia medium is inexpensive, simply prepared and easily standardised.