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Isolation Of Ultrasmall (Filterable) Bacteria From Patients Suffering From ME, And Patients And Staff Of A Paediatric Hospital

Sunday 29 March 2020


From the Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences:


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Isolation of ultrasmall (filterable) bacteria from patients suffering from ME, and patients and staff of a paediatric hospital

By Sulaiman Ali Alharbi
Available online 13 March 2020
Under a Creative Commons license.


A total of 108 blood samples obtained from 28 male and 80 female patients diagnosed with ME were diluted in sterile, Ringer’s Solution and forced (by suction) through 0.2 µm filters.

Of the 28 male samples, 4 yielded filterable bacteria and of the 80 female samples, 18 gave filterable bacteria; as a result, of the total of 124 samples, 22 yielded FB.

Filterable (0.4 and 0.2, but not 0.1micron filterable) bacteria were also isolated from the nose throat and skin of paediatric patients and from the throat and skin of staff at an emergency paediatric hospital.

The highest percentage of bacterial passage occurred through the largest (0.4 µm) pores.

The results show that ultrasmall bacteria occur in ME patients and in paediatric patients and nurses.

The potential pathogenic role of such filterable bacteria is briefly discussed.


Ultrasmall bacteria; Filterable bacteria; Nanobacteria; Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME); Infectious disease


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