Sheep blood agar containing 23.75 μg of sulfamethoxazole and 1.25 μg of trimethoprim (SXT-BA) per ml was compared with conventional sheep blood agar (SBA) for isolating group A and B streptococci from throat cultures. This selective medium allowed much better recovery of group A and B streptococci and suppressed the growth of the normal flora, including 'viridans' streptococci. In an initial study of 700 throat cultures, SXT-BA recovered 42% more group A and 49% more group B streptococci than did SBA. When SXT-BA was introduced into the routine microbiology laboratory and used by a number of medical technologists, SXT-BA recovered 28% more group A and 37% more group B streptococci than did SBA. In addition, the selective medium inhibited 83% of the non-group A and B streptococci that were recovered by SBA.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1977|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)