European Journal of Clinical Microbiology

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 249–252 | Cite as

Relative proportions ofHaemophilus species in the throat of healthy children and adults

  • D. Kuklinska
  • M. Kilian
Fastidious Gram-Negative, Facultatively Anaerobic Rods: Identification and Clinical Significance


To determine normal proportions of pharyngealHaemophilus species, qualitative and quantitative mapping of the species in the pharynx of ten healthy children and ten healthy adults was carried out using a selective and a non-selective medium.Haemophilus organisms were present in all samples, comprising approximately 10 % of the total cultivable flora (range 0.6–36.9 %).Haemophilus parainfluenzae was a member of the normal flora throughout life, constituting 74% of pharyngealHaemophilus organisms.Haemophilus segnis andHaemophilus paraphrophilus occurred more frequently in samples from adults, whereasHaemophilus haemolyticus was present in only one sample. Non-encapsulatedHaemophilus influenzae strains, usually of multiple biotypes, were present in 80% of the children but accounted for a mean of only 1.8 % of the total flora. Their number decreased with increasing age; 40 % of the adults harboredHaemophilus influenzae but only of a single biotype which constituted a minor proportion of the total flora (mean 0.15%). These findings suggest that host mechanisms can influence changes in the proportions ofHaemophilus influenzae strains colonizing the host.


Internal Medicine Relative Proportion Healthy Child Healthy Adult Normal Proportion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Kuklinska
    • 1
  • M. Kilian
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BacteriologyState Institute of HygieneWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Oral BiologyRoyal Dental CollegeAarhus CDenmark

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