Characterization of six new capsular types (23 through 28) of Streptococcus suis

M. Gottschalk, Robert Higgins, M. Jacques, M. Beaudoin, J. Henrichsen

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Six new capsular types of Streptococcus suis (types 23 to 28) are described. All reference strains were isolated from diseased pigs and were morphologically and biochemically similar to previously described capsular types 1 to 22. Clear and specific reactions were obtained for each of the new capsular types with three different typing techniques; no cross-reactions were detected among them or with other S. suis capsular types. Their capsular material presented similar ultrastructural characteristics, as shown by electron microscopy, and fimbriae similar to those described for other capsular types of S. suis were observed. When untypeable field isolates were tested with antisera raised against the six new capsular types, capsular type 23 appeared to be the most prevalent, representing more than 50% of all these isolates. Most isolates were recovered from cases of pneumonia, septicemia, and meningitis. Presumptive biochemical identification described for S. suis capsular types 1 to 22 may also be used for capsular types 23 to 28.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2590-2594
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 26 1991
Externally publishedYes

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  • Microbiology (medical)


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