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Volume 15, Number 7—July 2009

Letter

Varibaculum cambriense Infections in Hong Kong, China, 2006

Yiu-Wai ChuComments to Author , Chi-Ho Wong, Man-Yu Chu, Cara P.F. Cheung, Terence K.M. Cheung, Cindy Tse, Wei-Kwang Luk, and Janice Y.C. Lo
Author affiliations: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China (Y.-W. Chu, C.-H. Wong, M.-Y. Chu, C.P.F. Cheung, T.K.M. Cheung, J.Y.C. Lo); Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong (C. Tse); and Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Hong Kong (W.-K. Luk)

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Characteristics and test results for 4 isolates of unknown bacteria, Hong Kong, China, 2006*

Characteristic Varibaculum cambriense type strain CCUG 44998T Isolate
M124 M397 M380 M398
Hospital B B A A
Patient sex/age, y F/45 M/25 M/34 F/55
Date referred/isolated

2006 May
2006 Dec
2006 Dec
2006 Dec
API test code
Rapid ID32 Strep 00100010100 00102010100 02122001100 00002011100
Coryne

1010321
1410321
1010721
1010321
Acid production from
Glucose + + + + +
Lactose
Maltose V – (+) – (+) + +
Melibiose
Pullulan
Raffinose
Ribose V + + + – (+)
Sucrose V + + + +
Trehalose V +
MBDG





Hydrolysis of hippurate
V
+
+

+
Production of
α-galactosidase +
β-galactosidase V – (+)
α-glucosidase + – (+) – (+) – (+) – (+)
Alkaline phosphatase
APPA
V

+
+
+
GenBank accession no.† FJ169866 FJ169867 FJ169868 FJ169869
Identity to type strain CCUG 44998T, % 99 98 99 99

*API, analytical profile index; V, variable; MBDG, methyl-β-d-glucopyranoside; APPA, alanyl-phenylalanyl-proline arylamidase. Test results were obtained by using the API Rapid ID32 Strep kit (bioMérieux, Marcy l’Etoile, France). Results in parentheses were obtained by using the API Coryne kit (bioMérieux).
†For 16S rRNA gene sequence.

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