Human Infections with Non-O157 Shiga Toxin–producing Escherichia coli, Switzerland, 2000–2009
Published Date:Feb 2011
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 17(2):180-185.
Aged, 80 And Over
Electrophoresis, Gel, Pulsed-Field
Escherichia Coli Infections
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Shiga-Toxigenic Escherichia Coli
Shiga Toxin 1
Shiga Toxin 2
Description:We characterized 97 non-O157 Shiga toxin (stx)-producing Escherichia coli strains isolated from human patients during 2000-2009 from the national reference laboratory in Switzerland. These strains belonged to 40 O:H serotypes; 4 serotypes (O26:H11/H-, O103:H2, O121:H19, and O145:H28/H-) accounted for 46.4% of the strains. Nonbloody diarrhea was reported by 23.2% of the patients, bloody diarrhea by 56.8%. Hemolytic uremic syndrome developed in 40.0% of patients; serotype O26:H11/H- was most often associated with this syndrome. Forty-five (46.4%) strains carried stx2 genes only, 36 strains (37.1%) carried stx1, and 16 (16.5%) strains carried stx1 and stx2. Genes encoding enterohemolysin and intimin were detected in 75.3% and 70.1% of the strains, respectively. Resistance to ≥1 antimicrobial agent was present in 25 isolates. High genetic diversity within strains indicates that non-O157 stx-producing E. coli infections in Switzerland most often occurred as single cases.
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