Two Cases of Persistent Diarrhoea Associated with Arcobacter sp.
The name Arcobacter gen. nov. was proposed for a group of aerotolerant campylobacters isolated from human and animal sources1,3,4,9. The majority of human isolates belonged to the species Arcobacter butzleri and were from stools of children and adults with diarrhoeal illness. Infection can be severe enough to require hospitalisation5. Knowledge of epidemiology of this organism is very limited. Lior and Woodward5 have developed a serotyping scheme for A. butzleri, based on heat-labile antigens, which discriminates 65 serotypes. Among 103 isolates from human sources serotypes 1 and 5 were the most common, followed by 2, 6 and 116,7
KeywordsNalidixic Acid Primary Isolation Persistent Diarrhoea Coccoid Form Diarrhoeal Illness
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