Ice as a vehicle for diarrheagenic Escherichia coli

Ice as a vehicle for diarrheagenic Escherichia coli

Author Falcao, J. P. Google Scholar
Falcao, D. P. Google Scholar
Gomes, TAT Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Estadual Paulista
Abstract In a recent study of the microbiological quality of commercial ice, 50 Escherichia coli isolates belonging to different serotypes were found. the potential hazard from these isolates was examined by testing their adherence patterns ill HeLa cells and searching for the presence of DNA sequences related to E. coli virulence properties. Twelve potentially diarrheagenic isolates were found and classified as enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC) based oil their ability to produce aggregative adherence to HeLa cells. the remaining isolates were devoid of the virulence properties searched for. the EAEC isolates belonged to 10 different serotypes, among which O128ab:H35 is often found in diarrheic feces. None of these isolates reacted with a specific EAEC DNA probe or carried any of the known EAEC virulence genes. These data indicate that ice may be all important vehicle for transmission of enteropathogens, especially of the EAEC group. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords ice
virulence markers
Language English
Date 2004-02-15
Published in International Journal of Food Microbiology. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 91, n. 1, p. 99-103, 2004.
ISSN 0168-1605 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 99-103
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000189389700011

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