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Bacteriophage Types of Mycobacteria

Edith Mankiewicz
Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Vol. 63, No. 4 (July / August 1972), pp. 342-354
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41985635
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Over 1,200 strains of tubercle bacilli isolated from over 600 patients were phage typed according to the typing scheme designed by previous authors and enlarged by the addition of four more lytic phages. The prevalence of certain phage types of tubercle bacilli isolated from Canadian-born patients or recent immigrants was determined. A smaller number of strains from East African patients and Eskimo patients was studied. Phage typing was found to be a promising epidemiological tool and also a new approach to the study of the pathogenesis of tuberculosis.

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