Journal article

Carriage of multiple ribotypes of non-encapsulated Haemophilus influenzae in aboriginal infants with otitis media.

HC Smith-Vaughan, AJ Leach, TM Shelby-James, K Kemp, DJ Kemp, JD Mathews

Epidemiology and Infection | Published : 1996


Ribotyping with the restriction enzyme XbaI was used to study the dynamics of Carriage of non-encapsulated Haemophilus influenzae (NCHi) in Aboriginal infants at risk of otitis media. Carriage rates of NCHi in the infants in the community were very high; the median age for detection was 50 days and colonization was virtually 100% by 120 days of age and persisted at a high level throughout the first year of life [1]. Eighteen different ribotypes of NCHi were identified from 34 positive swabs taken from 3 infants over a period of 9 months. The same ribotypes were recovered for up to 3 months from consecutive swabs of individual infants, and 12 of 27 swabs (44.4%) yielded two ribotypes from fou..

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