Jehan A. Hasan

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An improved fluorescent monoclonal antibody staining kit, Cholera DFA, for direct detection and enumeration of Vibrio cholerae O1 has been developed, employing a highly specific anti-A antigen monoclonal antibody, COLTA, labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC). An optimized quantity of anti-photobleaching agent is used in a glycerol mounting medium(More)
We report on the development and testing of two monoclonal antibody-based rapid immunodiagnostic test kits, BengalScreen, a coagglutination test, and Bengal DFA, a direct fluorescent-antibody test, for direct detection of Vibrio cholerae O139 synonym Bengal in clinical and environmental specimens. The BengalScreen test requires less than 5 min to complete(More)
A monoclonal antibody-based test, Bengal SMART, was developed for rapid detection of Vibrio cholerae O139 synonym Bengal directly from stool specimens. The test, which takes about 15 min to complete, was used to screen 189 diarrheal stool specimens. The results were compared with those of a monoclonal antibody-based coagglutination test (COAT) and the(More)
We report on the development and testing of a novel, rapid, colorimetric immunodiagnostic kit, Cholera SMART, for direct detection of the presence of Vibrio cholerae O1 in clinical specimens. Unlike conventional culture methods requiring several days to complete, the Cholera SMART kit can be used directly in the field by untrained or minimally skilled(More)
Cholera enterotoxin is a major antigenic determinant for virulence of Vibrio cholerae O1 which can enter into a viable but non-culturable (N-C) state, not detectable by conventional culture methods, yet remain capable of producing enterotoxin and potentially pathogenic. PCR was applied in the current study to detect the chilera toxin (ctx) gene of N-C(More)
To assess the significance of exposure of divers to waterborne pathogens, specific immunoglobulin G serum antibody responses to Pseudomonas and Aeromonas isolates recovered from dive sites from the respiratory tracts of nine experienced divers and seven diving trainees working in the Chesapeake Bay area over a 6- to 18-month period were measured. A(More)
Vibrio cholerae, recognized as the causative agent of epidemic cholera, was isolated from healthy professional divers and from water samples collected at dive sites in the United States, Ukraine and Russia. Swabs of nose, ear and throat of divers and their tank regulators, i.e. the divers and their diving gear, were taken before and after routine dives.(More)
Learning Objects (LO) represent important elements when using electronic media to deliver educational contents to an audience in a learning environment. Construction of LOs does not involve a simple method, as their nature is directly linked to the intricacies of human cognitive and learning processes. Learning Objects Repository (LOR) not only provides a(More)
A total of 48 environmental drag-swab samples from various poultry farms were tested for the presence of Salmonella spp. by culture, an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay-based Salmonella antigen screening (SAS) assay, and two DNA probes (radiolabeled and colorimetric). The radiolabeled DNA probe was allowed to hybridize with culture-positive samples (n = 8)(More)
A total of 532 environmental isolates of motile aeromonads were evaluated for their ability to produce haemolysins. Of those isolates tested, 68 (12.5%) and 18 (3.4%) were found to be alpha and beta haemolytic, respectively. Aeromonas caviae was found to be alpha haemolytic (3.8%) for the first time. Isolates of Aeromonas which were either alpha or beta(More)