Escherichia coli

C. Wanke, C. L. Sears

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E. coli are ubiquitous organisms within the human intestine; when these organisms acquire virulence factors and become pathogenic, they are able to produce a variety of diarrheal disease syndromes. Diarrheal disease remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children under the age of 5 years in the resource-limited world. This article describes case definitions, epidemiology, reservoirs, transmission, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment complications and long-term sequelae, and the prevention and control of the diarrheal illnesses caused by the ETEC/enterotoxigenic E. coli, EPEC /enteropathogenic E. coli, EAEC/enteroaggregative E .coli, STEC/Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, and EIEC/enteroinvasive E. coli. © 2008

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008


  • Childhood morbidity
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • E. coli
  • EAEC/Enteroaggregative
  • EIEC/Enteroinvasive
  • EPEC/Enteropathogenic
  • ETEC/Enterotoxigenic
  • Malnutrition
  • Mortality
  • STEC/Shiga-toxin producing
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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