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Volume 15, Number 2—February 2009

Meningitis Caused by Streptococcus suis Serotype 14, North America

Ahmed Haleis, Michelle Alfa, Marcelo Gottschalk, Kathryn Bernard, Allan Ronald, and Kanchana ManickamComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (A. Haleis, A. Ronald); St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg (M. Alfa, K. Manickam); University of Montreal, St.-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada (M. Gottschalk); National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg (K. Bernard)

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Identification of organism isolated from cerebrospinal fluid of 59-year-old woman with meningitis, Manitoba, Canada*

Test Streptococcus suis (3) Patient isolate
α-hemolysis on sheep blood agar + +

d-glucose + +
Inulin + +
Lactose + +
Maltose + +
Melibiose Variable +
Raffinose Variable +
Salicin + +
Sucrose + +
l-arginine +
Esculin/bile esculin +/ND ±
Starch + +
Glycogen + +

Optochin disk
α-galactosidase + +
β-galactosidase Variable +
β-glucuronidase + +
Leucine arylamidase + +
N-acetylglucosaminidase + +
Acid phosphatase
Alkaline phosphatase

API Strep code 4640473 high degree (97%) confidence S. suis

*+, positive; –, negative; ND, not done; API Strep code, API 20 Strep, API System (bioMérieux, St.-Laurent, Quebec City, Canada).

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