Laboratory Diagnosis of Tularemia: I. Isolation of Pasteurella Tularensis from Gastric Juice. Successful Isolations from Nine Persons Exhibiting Pulmonic and Typhoidal-Type Tularemia
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
Pagination or Media Count:
Laboratory diagnosis of typhoidal or pulmonic tularemia requires the isolation of Pasteurella tularensis from the hospitalized patient. Generally, blood cultures from the patient are used in an effort to isolate this microorganism and, although several authors have reported success by this method, this laboratory has not isolated P. tularensis from blood cultures. The successful isolation of P. tularensis is reported from cultures made from the gastric juice from five typhoidal and four pulmonic cases of tularemia. The inoculation of guinea pigs and replicate direct plating of the gastric concentrate is advocated as a standard procedure for tularemia diagnosis.
- Medicine and Medical Research