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Polyvalent heat-killed antigen for the diagnosis of infection with Legionella pneumophila.
  1. R J Fallon,
  2. W H Abraham


    A polyvalent antigen composed of heat-killed agar-grown Legionella pneumophila serogroups 1-4 suspended in a suspension of yolk-sac from embryonated hens' eggs has been examined for use in the indirect fluorescent antibody test for Legionella infection. The serological response detected by monovalent antigen correlated well with that detected by polyvalent antigen. The use of polyvalent antigen forms a useful screening test for the detection of antibody to L pneumophila, but positive results must be confirmed by test using monovalent antigen.

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