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J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Dec;49(12):4307-10. doi: 10.1128/JCM.05211-11. Epub 2011 Sep 21.

Prevalence of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli as detected by enzyme-linked immunoassays and real-time PCR during the summer months in northern Alberta, Canada.

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  • 1Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Linda.Chui@albertahealthservices.ca

Abstract

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in northern Alberta was detected using two enzyme immunoassays and an in-house real-time PCR. Of 2,328 stool samples, 8 were positive for O157:H7 STEC and 13 were positive for non-O157 STEC. No significant gender (P = 0.17) or age (P = 0.81) differences between groups were seen. Most positive diarrheal stool samples were nonbloody.

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