PMID: 429535Jan 1, 1979Paper

O serotyping of Providencia stuartii isolates collected from twelve hospitals

Journal of Clinical Microbiology
J L PennerG R Whiteley


A collection of 829 isolates of Providencia stuartii, mostly from urological specimens of patients in 12 hospitals, were O serotyped. Hospitals varied in serotype distribution, but most isolates (97%) fell into one or another of 14 O types of P. stuartii. One type (O63) was found in 10 hospitals, and six types (O4, O17, O25, O52, O55, O56) were found in 5 or more hospitals. These seven types were more common than others and included 753 (91%) of the isolates. Only four isolates agglutinated in Providencia alcalifaciens antisera and, for increased efficiency in serotyping, it is recommended that separate schemes be employed for P. stuartii and P. alcalifaciens. Strains endemic in different hospitals may differ in serotype and give rise to nosocomial infections that are clinically recognizable when infections occur in obvious clusters. Nosocomial infections occurring in low frequency among patients not located close to each other in the hospital may be detected with the aid of serotyping.

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