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Diphthericin types, bacteriophage types and serotypes of Corynebacterium diphtheriae strains isolated in Australia

  • L. F. Gibson (a1) and G. Colman (a1)

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A dipthericin typing scheme has been constructed using 441 strains of Corynebacterium diptheriae isolated in eastern Australia from 1962 to 1971. Ten types have been distinguished using seven strains of C. diphtheriae and two strains of C. belfanti as indicators of the diphthericins produced by the newly isolated strains. Strains grouped into types L2, L3 and L3a were found only in Melbourne and types L1 and L4 were predominant in Sydney. Type L5 strains were isolated intermittently throughout the period of study and were found in all eastern states. Numerical analysis of the characteristics of the strains suggests that associations exist between, on the one hand, diphthericin type and, on the other hand, bacteriophage type, serotype and biochemical activity.

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Diphthericin types, bacteriophage types and serotypes of Corynebacterium diphtheriae strains isolated in Australia

  • L. F. Gibson (a1) and G. Colman (a1)

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