Use of Direct Latex Agglutination Testing of Selective Broth in the Detection of Group B Strepptococcal Carriage in Pregnant Women
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- Guerrero, C., Martínez, J., Menasalvas, A. et al. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis (2004) 23: 61. doi:10.1007/s10096-003-1052-x
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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.