Accession Number:

AD0842915

Title:

Fast Method of Diagnosis of Pertussis during the Catarrhal Period of the Disease

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1968-02-08

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

The fluorescent antibody technique makes it possible to establish the diagnosis of pertussis during the catarrhal period of the disease -- a period in which the disease is particularly difficult to identify -- in less than one hour. This technique is more sensitive than the method of cultivating nasopharyngeal mucus on Bordet-Gengous medium during the catarrhal period 95 compared with 86. However, after this period this technique must always be accompanied by a bacteriological diagnosis which becomes more sensitive after the first week of coughing fits 85 compared with 75.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Microbiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE