Colicin typing as an epidemiological tool in the investigation of outbreaks of Shigella sonnei.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Shigella sonnei has become the most frequently reported cause of shigellosis in the United States. Since Shigella subgroup D has no other serotypes, colicin production has been used as a basis for differentiating and identifying epidemiologically related strains. The results of colicin typing 115 cultures of S. sonnei from eight outbreaks of shigellosis occurring in widely separated regions of the United States support the usefulness of this technique. In each outbreak, the cultures were either of the same colicin type or were uniformly untypable. Unrelated cases yielded a variety of types. Definitions of the relative frequencies and geographic distributions of the various strains of S. sonnei in the United States await an accumulation of experience with the method.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reller, LB

Published Date

  • January 1, 1971

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 26

PubMed ID

  • 4924995

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC377109

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-6919

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/am.21.1.21-26.1971


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States