Discrimination of human enteropathogenic Escherichia coli
What is it about?
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), one of the six diarrheagenic E. coli (DEC) pathotypes, is a major cause of diarrheal diseases among young children in developing countries. However, EPEC is prevalent not only patients but healthy peoples, domestic animals, and the products. This study is to know the source of EPEC being virulent to human.
Why is it important?
The present study suggests that the etiologically important EPEC in diarrheal patients could be shared with bovine EPEC. In contrast, the EPEC strains in healthy humans were different from patient strains and some of these were also present in porcine samples.
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