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Vibrio Phages and Phage-Typing

  • B. Rowe
  • J. A. Frost
Part of the Current Topics in Infectious Disease book series (CTID)


The first vibrio phages were identified by d’Herelle in 1926, and by the 1950s several distinct types of bacteriophage acting on V. cholerae had been described. These studies of cholera bacteriophages have been reviewed by Pollitzer.1 Most early studies were directed towards the use of cholera phages for treatment or prophylaxis rather than strain discrimination. Interest in cholera phages revived with the spread of the seventh pandemic and the appearance in the 1960s of the El Tor biotype, and has proceeded along two distinct lines—the development of phage-typing schemes using lytic phages and classification using lysogeny.


Vibrio Cholerae Lytic Phage Classical Strain Lysogenic Phage Vibrio Phage 
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