Salmonella Typhi: Morphology, Growth on Various Media, Biochemical Tests, Pathogenesis

Salmonella Typhi growth on various media and biochemical tests

Salmonella Typhi growth on Various Media and Biochemical Tests

Salmonella Typhi growth on solid media like nutrient agar, blood agar, and MacConkey agar whereas liquid medium, BHI broth and biochemical tests in triple sugar iron (TSI) agar, sulfide indole motility (SIM) test, citrate agar, and urea agar shown above picture.

Morphology of Salmonella Typhi

  • 2 to 3 µm Χ 0.6  µm
  • Gram-negative bacilli
  • Motile due to peritrichous flagella
  • Non- encapsulated
  • Non-sporing

Colony Characteristics of Salmonella

  • Aerobic or facultative anaerobes
  • Optimal temperature 37°C
  • Optimal pH
  • Nutrient broth: Uniform turbidity
  • Blood agar: Colonies 2 to 3 mm, circular, low convex, smooth, translucent, and non-hemolytic
  • MacConkey agar: Non- lactose fermenter ( colorless colonies)
  • Deoxycholate Citrate Agar (DCA): Non-lactose fermenter colonies
  • Wilson and Blair bismuth sulfite medium: Jet black colonies with a sheen
  • Enrichment media like selenite F broth or tetrathionate broth: Uniform turbidity

Biochemical Reactions

Methyl red positive, Voges-Proskauer test negative, non-lactose fermenter, urea hydrolysis test negative, glucose fermenter, and citrate utilization test variable. Lysine decarboxylase test positive, motile and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) positive.

Serotyping: With the use of polyvalent and monovalent antisera

Kauffmann and White Scheme of serological classification of Salmonella works on the use of these antisera.


  • Ingestion of Salmonella
  • Enter into the body through the lymphoid of the pharynx.
  • In the gut, organisms attach with epithelial cells of intestinal villi and penetrate lamina propria, submucosa
  • Bacilli phagocytosed by macrophages or polymorphonuclear cells.
  • Enter mesenteric lymph nodes and multiply there.
  • Enter thoracic duct and then bloodstream.
  • It may affect the liver, spleen, bone marrow, lung, kidney, and heart.

Special Features of Salmonella

  • Ability to withstand phagocytosis  ( intra-cellular multiplication)
  • Resistance to bile
  • Produces endotoxin

Clinical Symptoms

  1. Symptoms due to endotoxin
  2. step ladder fever
  3. Headache
  4. Anorexia
  5. Congestion of mucus membrane
  6. Palpable spleen
  7. Rose spots

Further Readings

  • Topley and Wilson’s microbiology and microbial infection Topley and Wilson’s microbiology and microbial infection – Bacteriology-2-10th Edn.
  • Manual of Clinical Microbiology   -Patrick R. Murray -8th Edn.
  • Bailey and Scott’s  Diagnostic Microbiology -13th Edn.
  •  Mackie & Mc Cartney  Practical Medical Microbiology- 14th  Edn.
  • Diagnostic Microbiology -Connie R. Mahon & George Manuselis
  • Cowan and Steel’s, manual for the identification of medical bacteria
  • District Laboratory Practice in  Tropical Countries  –  Part-2-   Monica Cheesebrough-   2nd Edn Update
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