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Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) is a leading cause of serious neonatal infection. In this study we determine the prevalence, serotype distribution and genomic diversity of GBS in vagina of pregnant women. Vaginal swabs of 531 pregnant women were cultured on Columbia Agar Base Blood, GBS Agar Base and Todd Hewitt Broth. GBS were characterized by group and(More)
A random-amplified polymorphic DNA assay using partially degenerate oligonucleotides as primers was used for the characterization of 78 epidemiologically related and unrelated clinical isolates of Streptococcus agalactiae belonging to different serotypes. Thirty distinct amplification profiles were obtained among 52 unrelated S. agalactiae isolates assigned(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae is an endogenous bacterium that has emerged in the last 20 years as an etiological agent in both neonatal and perinatal infections, and in immunocompromised patients. The differentiation of the capsular polysaccharide, the presence of surface proteins c, X, R, and molecular methods allow classification in serotypes and genotypes.(More)
An hemagglutination (HA) type system has been applied to demonstrate mannose sensitive (MS) and mannose resistant (MR) hemagglutination produced by Escherichia coli isolated from urinary tract infections. Hemagglutination types were obtained by the agglutination of different species of red cells -human, bovine, chicken and guinea pig- suspended in buffer(More)
Epidemiological studies of Streptococcus agalactiae strains have been limited by the lack of sensitive and discriminatory methods for comparing clinical isolates. Serotyping, albeit a widely used methodology, has been shown to possess low capability to distinguish between epidemiologically related and unrelated isolates. We have employed here a random(More)
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