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Emerg Infect Dis. 2003 Jan;9(1):106-8.

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infections associated with hemolytic uremic syndrome, Italy, 1988-2000.

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  • 1Department of Communicable Disease, Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, V. le R. Elena 299 00161 Roma, Italy. tozzi@iss.it

Abstract

The mean annual incidence of hemolytic uremic syndrome in persons </=15 years of age in Italy from 1988 to 2000 was 0.28 per 100,000 population. Laboratory investigations showed that Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection occurred in 73.1% of patients. STEC O157 was the most common serotype, but a considerable number of cases were from infections by non-O157 STEC.

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