TABLE 3.

Characteristics of the emetic B. weihenstephanensis strains MC67 and MC118 compared to those of emetic B. cereus reference strains

Strain(s)Reactiona
Phenotypic testsHbl complex
Salicin fermentationStarch hydrolysisHemolysisBCET-RPLAb L2 componenthblAhblChblD
MC67+++(+)c
MC118+++(+)c
F4810/72, NC7401, NS117, F3080B/84, F5881, B203, RIVM-BC68−/(+)ND
  • a +, positive reaction; (+), weak positive reaction; −, negative reaction; ND, not determined.

  • b BCET-RPLA, Bacillus cereus enterotoxin-reversed passive latex agglutination assay.

  • c Results were variable.