Special Escherichia coli serotypes among enterotoxigenic strains from diarrhoea in adults and children

Frits Ørskov, Ida Ørskov, Doyle J. Evans, R. Bradley Sack, David Allen Sack, Torkel Wadström

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106 enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli strains from children and adults from many parts of the world were serotyped for O and H antigens. Some O:H types, i.e. O6:H16, O8:H9, O15:H11, O25:H42, O78:H11 and O78:H12, were found repeatedly from different geographical locations. Some of these O:H serotypes were only found rarely among more than 20000 E. coli strains collected over many years from different locations and sources. It is suggested that these special O:H serotypes represent clones which have been selected to the special conditions in the small intestine and selected to carry the plasmids necessary to provoke diarrhoea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Microbiology and Immunology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1976


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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