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Identification of Legionella pneumophila by latex agglutination.

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A latex agglutination test for the identification of Legionella pneumophila serogroups 1 through 6 is described. The reagent is specific for L. pneumophila and enables the ready identification of L. pneumophila colonies on agar plates. Preliminary evidence suggests that latex agglutination enables the detection of soluble L. pneumophila antigens in respiratory secretions of patients suspected of having legionellosis.

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