Escherichia coli associated with acute measles and diarrhoea at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya.

F. C. Sang, S. K. Kangethe, V. A. Orinda, Z. Gatheru, R. E. Black, P. G. Waiyaki

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Abstract

Three hundred and three children under 5 years old with acute measles and diarrhoea (cases) and 300 other age-matched children with diarrhoea (controls) were examined for enteroadherent E. coli (EAEC) and other agents including rotavirus and Cryptosporidium. EAEC was determined by tissue culture of HEP-2 cells. Other agents were determined by conventional methods. EAEC was identified from both cases and control accounting for 10.3% (31/303) and 15.2% (46/300) respectively. Other bacterial agents were: 10.3% (31/303) from cases and 12.8% (39/300) from controls. A higher detection rate of enteroparasites was found among cases 15% (45/300) than controls 8.9% (27/300) whereas rotavirus was the reverse, 3% (9/303) in cases and 30.3% (92/300) in controls. To our knowledge characterization of EAEC has not been done before and therefore might be attributing factor to some of our unexplained diarrhoeal cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-139
Number of pages5
JournalEast African medical journal
Volume69
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes

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    Sang, F. C., Kangethe, S. K., Orinda, V. A., Gatheru, Z., Black, R. E., & Waiyaki, P. G. (1992). Escherichia coli associated with acute measles and diarrhoea at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya. East African medical journal, 69(3), 135-139.