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Urease Activity of Enterobacteriaceae: Which Medium to Choose

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  • Clinical Microbiology And Immunology


Detection and intensity of urease activity in enterobacteriaceae greatly varies as a function of the media or techniques used, or both. A comparative investigation on several solid and liquid media led us to the following conclusions. (i) Detection of Proteus spp. can be adequately performed with the highly selective solid medium described by Cook (1948), as well as with the different liquid media described (Stuart standard and rapid media; Elek medium). (ii) Detection of Klebsiella should be based upon urease production on solid media with low buffer capacity (Christensen, 1946). (iii) For the identification of Yersinia, either the solid Christensen urea agar or the rapid Elek technique give optimal results.

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