Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Abstract Fifty one strains of Campylobacter jejuni/coli isolated from patients with diarrhoea, at the Amiri Hospital, Hawally, Kuwait were classified on the basis of the heatstable-HS-antigens and the heat-labile-HL-antigens, by using 20 and 23 hyperimmune antisera for the two methods, respectively. The ages of the patient ranged from 3 months to 60 years, and 72.6% of the strains were from children less than 4 years. With the number of antisera used 78.4% of the HS antigens and 96.1% of the HL antigens could be identified. About half of the strains had one of five HS antigens (4, 8, 13, 5 or 25) and 70.5% of the strains had one of five HL antigens (1, 36, 2, 6, or 21). The study shows that the most common HS and HL antigens among Campylobacter strains from Kuwait also are the most frequent antigens of strains from other parts of the world. A limited number of antisera are sufficient to identify the majority of the strains.
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