Use of Direct Latex Agglutination Testing of Selective Broth in the Detection of Group B Strepptococcal Carriage in Pregnant Women

  • C. Guerrero
  • J. Martínez
  • A. Menasalvas
  • R. Blázquez
  • T. Rodríguez
  • M. Segovia
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Abstract

Direct latex agglutination testing of selective broth medium for the detection of group B streptococci was evaluated. Results were compared with those obtained by the recommended subculture method. Among the 551 vaginal-rectal specimens tested, 101 (18.3%) were positive by the subculture method. Of these subcultures, latex agglutination testing detected 99 (98%) positive specimens. Agglutination testing of selective broth is a sensitive method which offers the advantage of saving 24 h in the turnaround time for detection of group B streptococci in pregnant women.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Guerrero
    • 1
  • J. Martínez
    • 1
  • A. Menasalvas
    • 1
  • R. Blázquez
    • 1
  • T. Rodríguez
    • 2
  • M. Segovia
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical MicrobiologyHospital “J. M. Morales Meseguer”MurciaSpain
  2. 2.Microbiogy and Genetic DepartmentMurcia UniversityMurciaSpain

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