Sirajul Islam Khan

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A total of 1500 environmental strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, isolated from the aquatic environment of Bangladesh, were screened for the presence of a major V. parahaemolyticus virulence factor, the thermostable direct haemolysin (tdh) gene, by the colony blot hybridization method using a digoxigenin-labeled tdh gene probe. Of 1500 strains, 5 carried(More)
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a common cause of bacterial infection leading to acute watery diarrhea in infants and young children. Although the prevalence of ETEC is high in Bangladesh and infections can be spread through food and contaminated water, limited information is available about ETEC in the surface water. We carried out studies to(More)
This study was performed to evaluate the seroprevalence of brucellosis among the risk group of population. A cross sectional study was carried out in the Department of Microbiology, Mymensingh Medical College in collaboration with the Department of Medicine under the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, between the(More)
Survival and growth of Shigella flexneri were assessed in various foods, including boiled rice, lentil soup, milk, cooked beef, cooked fish, mashed potato, mashed brinjal, and raw cucumber. Growth at 25 and 37 degrees C and survival at 5 degrees C were observed by viable counts on MacConkey agar. The organism grew well in all tested foods and growth(More)
A total of 113 strains of Shigella dysenteriae type 2 isolated from patients attending the Dhaka diarrhoea treatment centre of ICDDR,B: Centre for Health and Population Research during the period 1999-2004 were studied. Serotype of the isolates was confirmed using commercially available antisera. Except for arabinose fermentation, all the strains had(More)
Studies have shown that various objects, such as utensils, toys, and clothes, can serve as vehicles for transmission of Shigella spp. Shigellae can become viable but non-culturable (VBNC) when exposed to various environmental conditions as shown in earlier studies. The present study was carried out to detect VBNC Shigella dysenteriae type 1 on various(More)
Escherichia coli, a prominent waterborne pathogen, causes a variety of gastrointestinal and extraintestinal infections that depend on virulence determinants. To monitor natural aquatic systems for virulence-associated genes of E. coli, multiplex PCR was used in a survey covering 46 major natural water bodies in Bangladesh. DNA was extracted directly from(More)
Using protocols designed for the isolation of Shigella from environmental freshwater samples from different regions of Bangladesh, 11 bacterial strains giving rise to Shigella-like colonies on selective agar plates and showing serological cross-reaction with Shigella-specific antisera were isolated. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that three of the isolates(More)
An environmental bacterial isolate, Iso10, previously found to show serological cross-reactivity with type-specific Shigella boydii 15 antisera was subjected to further molecular and serological analyses that revealed interspecies transfer of the O antigen gene cluster. Western blot analysis of Iso10 cell surface extracts and purified lipopolysaccharides(More)
The organization of the CTX prophage in environmental strains of Vibrio mimicus was investigated. Sixteen hundred non-sucrose fermenting vibrios were examined for ctx gene by hybridization. Out of 1,600 isolates, 6 V. mimicus isolates contained ctxA gene. The organization of CTX prophage was determined by RFLP using ctxA probe. The CTX prophage integrated(More)