Medical Microbiology and Immunology

, Volume 162, Issue 2, pp 73–80

SpecialEscherichia coli serotypes among enterotoxigenic strains from diarrhoea in adults and children

Authors

  • Frits Ørskov
    • WHO Collaborative Centre for Reference and Research on EscherichiaStatens Seruminstitut
  • Ida Ørskov
    • WHO Collaborative Centre for Reference and Research on EscherichiaStatens Seruminstitut
  • Doyle J. EvansJr.
    • Program in Infectious Diseases and Clinical MicrobiologyUniversity of Texas Medical School
  • R. Bradley Sack
    • School of MedicineBaltimore City Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University
  • David A. Sack
    • School of MedicineBaltimore City Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University
  • Torkel Wadström
    • Statens Bakteriologiska Laboratorium
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02121318

Cite this article as:
Ørskov, F., Ørskov, I., Evans, D.J. et al. Med Microbiol Immunol (1976) 162: 73. doi:10.1007/BF02121318

Abstract

106 enterotoxigenicEscherichia 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 20000E. 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.

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© Springer-Verlag 1976