Laboratory Practices and Incidence of Non-O157 Shiga Toxin–producing Escherichia coli Infections
Published Date:Mar 2012
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 18(3):477-479.
Enterohemorrhagic E. Coli
Escherichia Coli Infections
Escherichia Coli O157
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Shiga-Toxigenic Escherichia Coli
Shiga Toxin 1
Shiga Toxin 2
Funding:5U38HM000414/HM/NCHM CDC HHS/United States
Description:We surveyed laboratories in Washington State, USA, and found that increased use of Shiga toxin assays correlated with increased reported incidence of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections during 2005-2010. Despite increased assay use, only half of processed stool specimens underwent Shiga toxin testing during 2010, suggesting substantial underdetection of non-O157 STEC infections.
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