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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH   2004 , Volume 33 , Number 3; Page(s) 32 To 35.
 
Paper: 

SEROGROUP DISTRIBUTION OF SHIGELLA IN TEHRAN

 
 
Author(s):  RANJBAR REZA*, SOLTAN DALAL MOHAMMAD MAHDI, POURSHAFIEI M.R., ASLANI M.M., MAJDZADEH R., KHORAMIZADEH MOHAMMAD REZA
 
* DEPT. OF PATHOBIOLOGY, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH, TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, IRAN
 
Abstract: 
In recent years, the importance of Shigella as an enteric pathogen with global impact has been increasingly recognized. In this study, serogroup distribution of Shigella isolated from clinically diagnosed cases of gastroenteritis and acute diarrhea in Tehran, capital of Iran was investigated between December 2002 and November 2003. Fecal specimens and rectal swabs were cultured for Shigella spp. using standard microbiological techniques. The isolates of Shigella were identified by biochemical assay and serological testing. From a total of 302 Shigella isolates, 178, 110, 10 and 4 strains were identified as S.sonnei (58.9%; 95% CI: 53.2-64.5), S. flexneri (36.4%; 95% CI: 31.0-42.2), S.boydii (3.3%), and S. dysenteriae (1.3%), respectively. The peak of infection occurred during summer. Overall, 167 patients (55.3%) were males and 135 (44.7%) were females
 
Keyword(s): SHIGELLA SPP, EPIDEMIOLOGY, SEROGROUP DISTRIBUTION, IRAN
 
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