publication . Article . 2003

Rapid laboratory identification and characterization of verocytotoxigenic (Shiga toxin producing) Escherichia coli (VTEC/STEC)

K.A. Bettelheim; L. Beutin;
  • Published: 11 Jul 2003 Journal: Journal of Applied Microbiology, volume 95, pages 205-217 (issn: 1364-5072, eissn: 1365-2672, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
Following a brief historical introduction on verocytotoxigenic/Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (VTEC/ STEC), the problems of identifying these pathogens, especially those belonging to serotypes other than O157:H7 or O157:H- are discussed. The current molecular biological techniques as well as the immunologically based methods of rapidly diagnosing the presence of VTEC/ STEC in both patient-derived as well as food and environmental samples are reviewed. The extent to which the methods have been fully evaluated is reviewed and the conclusions discussed. The problems of using test systems, which are not evaluated for the specificity and sensitivity with the ...
Medical Subject Headings: fluids and secretions
free text keywords: Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Shiga-like toxin, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Virology, Biology, Escherichia coli, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Serotype, Microbiology, VTEC
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