convalescent serum


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convalescent serum

[¦kän·və¦les·ənt ′sir·əm]
(immunology)
The serum of the blood of one or more patients recovering from an infectious disease; used for prophylaxis of the particular infection.
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WHO director general Margaret Chan said the agency will work closely with the affected countries to stop the sale of blood used as a convalescent serum in the black market.
Surprisingly, some isolates survived in convalescent serum, raising the possibility that specific antibodies were either absent, not sufficient to elicit a response or surface proteins of GAS like immunoglobulin binding proteins and other factors than M type bound antibodies non-type specifically and rendered them ineffective for opsonophagocytosis.
Acute and convalescent serum samples were also obtained from probable cases.