Over a four-month period, 4,658 routine faecal samples were examined in four laboratories and the isolation rates of Salmonella spp. from mannitol selenite (MS) and selenite cystine (SC) broths plated to xylose lysine desoxycholate agar (XLD) compared. The isolation rate by MS was 1.55% and by SC was 1.48%, a small difference which is not statistically significant. Significantly fewer colonies were selected for supplementary testing from SC than MS (p = 0.029), thus reducing confirmatory work. In laboratories where SC is already used for food and environmental work, an opportunity exists to limit stocked salmonella enrichment broths to SC alone.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Communicable disease and public health / PHLS|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2003|