30 August 2016 (Tuesday) - Cholera

This article looked interesting at first sight – why do people with blood type O often get more severely ill from cholera than people of other blood types?

The article discussed how cholera attaches to various intestinal antigens, and explained that ABO antigens appear on the intestinal cells. But the article actually said “the blood group antigens – A, B, AB and O” and that is where I rather became sceptical. “A, B, AB and O” are phenotypes. A and B are antigens.
Do they actually mean “O antigen” Do they actually mean H substance and precursor substance?

I can’t help but feel that the terminology in this article leaves a lot to be desired…

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