oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Observations on blood cultures a ten year survey of specimens from African patients

Volume 25, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In 1873 Coze & Felz of Strasburg reported the occurrence of bacteria in the blood of persons suffering from typhoid fever, puerperal fever and scarlet fever. They attemped to cultivate these bacteria on a medium of sugar water containing ammonium lactate and sodium bicarbonate but without success. (Bullock 1930). Since then numerous methods have been tried to increase the efficiency of recovering organisms from the blood stream.

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