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We compared nasopharyngeal swabs against nasal wash cultures for detecting colonizing pneumococci and examined the effect of frozen storage in skim milk-tryptone-glucose-glycerin on culture. Among the 55 children with positive nasal wash cultures, swab cultures were positive for 47 (85%). Of the 96 swabs positive on direct plating, 94 (98%) were positive when recultured after freezing.

Original publication

DOI

10.1128/JCM.01393-07

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Clin Microbiol

Publication Date

10/2007

Volume

45

Pages

3408 - 3410

Keywords

Culture Media, Humans, Infant, Nasopharynx, Streptococcus pneumoniae