Use of dipsticks for rapid diagnosis of cholera caused by Vibrio cholerae O1 and O139 from rectal swabs

N. A. Bhuiyan, Firdausi Qadri, A. S.G. Faruque, M. A. Malek, M. A. Salam, Farida Nato, J. M. Fournier, S. Chanteau, David A. Sack, G. Balakrish Nair

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Abstract

We evaluated the recently developed dipsticks for the rapid detection of Vibrio cholerae serotypes O1 and O139 from rectal swabs of hospitalized diarrheal patients after enrichment for 4 h in alkaline peptone water. The sensitivity and specificity of the dipsticks were above 92 and 91%, respectively. The dipsticks represent the first rapid test which has been successfully used to diagnose cholera from rectal swabs, and this would immensely improve surveillance for cholera, especially in remote settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3939-3941
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume41
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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