WILLIAM A. AGGER, M.D.; STEVEN M. CALLISTER, M.S.
To the editor: The clinical aspects of intestinal infections with Aeromonas species reported by Holmberg and colleagues (1) are similar to those we have seen in western Wisconsin (2), including the more prolonged course in adults. However, we disagree that selective media, such as sheep blood agar with ampicillin, should be avoided when screening for Aeromonas species in stools.
When using this agar, stools negative for Aeromonas species are often indicated by a negative (no growth) culture plate. Aeromonas species as the causative agents of that patient's gastroenteritis are therefore effectively eliminated from consideration. The testing of predominant colonies on
AGGER WA, CALLISTER SM. Intestinal Infections with Aeromonas. Ann Intern Med. ;106:479. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-479_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):479.
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