Distribution of Intimin subtypes among Escherichia coli isolates fro ruminant and human sources

Amer Soc Microbiology
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Journal Of Clinical Microbiology, 2003, 41 (11), pp. 5022 - 5032
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The intimin gene eae, located within the locus of enterocyte effacement pathogenicity island, distinguishes enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and some Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) strains from all other pathotypes of diarrheagenic E. coli. EPEC is a leading cause of infantile diarrhea in developing countries, and intimin-positive STEC isolates are typically associated with life-threatening diseases such as hemolyticuremic syndrome and hemorrhagic colitis.
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