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Volume 11, Number 2—February 2005


Bacterial Zoonoses and Infective Endocarditis, Algeria

Akila Benslimani*1, Florence Fenollar†1, Hubert Lepidi†, and Didier Raoult†Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Service de Biologie Clinique, Alger, Algérie; †Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

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Table 4

Discrepant results between blood culture, cardiac valve culture, cardiac valve PCR, and serologic testing for 9 patients*

Patient Blood culture Cardiac valve culture 16S rRNA PCR PCR targeting another gene Histologic analysis Serologic testing Conclusions
1† Negative Candida krusei Streptococcus spp. RpoB: negative
SOD: negative
18-28S ITS: C. parapsilosis NP Negative C. parapsilosis
2‡ Negative Polymicrobial Streptococcus mitis S. mitis A Negative S. mitis
3‡ Negative CNS Haemophilus paraphrophilus NP A / BGN Negative H. paraphrophilus
4‡ Negative CNS Bartonella quintana B. quintana NP NP B. quintana
5‡ S. mitis Staphylococcus aureus Streptococcus gordonii S. gordonii A / CGP Negative S. gordonii
6† H. influenzae NP NP NP NP 1:1,600
Positive PCR on serum samples B. quintana
7† Streptococcus intermedius Streptococcus intermedius S. mutans S. mutans A NP S. mutans
8‡ Negative Corynebacterium spp. Bacillus cereus B. cereus A Negative B. cereus
9‡ Negative S. mitis Enterococcus gallinarum E. gallinarum A / CGP Negative E. gallinarum

*PCR, polymerase chain reaction; NP, not performed; CNS, coagulase-negative Staphylococcus; BGN, bacillus gram negative; CGP, cocci gram positive.
†The microorganisms detected in valve culture were contaminants.
‡The microorganisms were misidentified.

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1These 2 authors have contributed equally to the manuscript.

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