I normally use Amies medium, but I today heard that Cary-Blair is also possible.

When should you use Cary-Blair medium?


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This site (no connection) states (my emphasis):

Unlike Cary-Blair Medium, which is almost exclusively associated with enteric transport, both Stuart and Amies Medium have been widely used for the transportation of a diverse range of clinical swab samples from sites including the eye, ear, nose, throat, skin, genital tract and wounds.

  • $\begingroup$ This is very general. I am interested if there is any advantage of using the other in some circumstances. I think if you use Amies transport medium, you do not need to use Cary-Blair transport medium in most of the cases. $\endgroup$ Feb 21, 2014 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ I put this up because it clearly states that Cary-Blair medium is used for enteric samples. Whether you should use it for that purpose is not explained. Presumably the Staphylococcus and Streptococcus you refer to are not samples of that type, so you would use Amies. $\endgroup$
    – Alan Boyd
    Feb 21, 2014 at 16:11

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