Date of Award

Spring 1979

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

Douglas Abbott

Second Advisor

James Manion

Third Advisor

John Christenson

Abstract

The use of the indirect fluorescent antibody test as a serological test for gonorrhea was investigated. The best results were shown using strain F62 of Neisseria gonorrhoeae as antigen at a serum titer of 1:16 in which, out of a total sample of seventeen, 71% correct predictions occurred. In this case the greatest error was seen in predicting false negative results. Strain N9, out of a sample size of eighteen, predicted only 50% of the cases correct at a titer of 1:16. The serum dilution of 1:16 appeared to be the most diagnostic titer to use.

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