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Identification of serotypes of Haemophilus pleuropneumoniae by counterimmunoelectrophoresis
  1. IA Piffer,
  2. GR Carter and
  3. AA Botovchenco

Abstract

Counterimmunoelectrophoresis, direct immunofluorescence and immunodiffusion procedures were used to serotype 15 strains of Haemophilus pleuropneumoniae isolated from the respiratory tract of pigs in southern Brazil. Antigens were prepared by extracting cultures with a saline solution or by the phenol-water method. Antisera were prepared in rabbits against serotypes 1, 2, 3 and 5. Thirteen of the isolates were type 5 and two were type 3. No differences were observed between the results obtained in serotyping with counter immunoelectrophoresis and direct immunodiffusion, but both procedures were significantly better than immunodiffusion except with the saline extracted antigen. Counterimmunoelectrophoresis was quicker, more sensitive and more easily performed than the other techniques.

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