Number of serovars

Range >2,000
Organism Bacteria Salmonella enterica
Reference Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections, Kingston H.G. Mills and Aoife P. Boyd, Evasion of immune responses by bacteria, p.16 right column 2nd paragraph
Primary Source Fierer J, Guiney DG. Diverse virulence traits underlying different clinical outcomes of Salmonella infection. J Clin Invest. 2001 Apr107(7):775-80.PubMed ID11285291
Comments In S. enterica there are more than 2000 separate serotypes based on differences in carbohydrate structures, such as LPS, and also flagella antigens (primary source). Over 4,000 serovars in genus Salmonella according to wiki. See Steele-Mortimer O. 2008 PMID 18304858 p.38 left column: "The Salmonella enterica species is made up of a group of over 2000 highly related serovars, which are 95–99% identical at the genetic level." Please see BNID 116145
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