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Kansenshogaku Zasshi. 1992 Jun;66(6):761-8.

[Food poisoning caused by enteroinvasive Escherichia coli (O164:H-)--a case in which the causative agent was identified].

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Saga Prefectural Institute of Public Health.


Food poisoning due to "Godofu (Sasayuki tofu)" as a main causative foodstuff which broke out on July 14, 1988. There were 670 out of 918 persons who ingested this food who became ill (incidence 73.0%). The main symptoms were diarrhea (93.4%), fever (77.5%), abdominal pain (64.5%), and vomiting (19.9%). A high degree of fever and watery diarrhea were characteristic of this poisoning. The average latent period was 35 hours with a range of one to 156. The O164:H- strains of enteroinvasive Escherichia coli (EIEC) were detected from 22 of the 32 fecal samples collected from the patients, five of ten samples collected from workers engaged in tofu making, and one sample of left-over Godofu. The virulence of EIEC strains isolated from the patients, workers, and left-over food was confirmed by invasion into HeLa and HEp-2 cells, Sereny test, and ELISA test to detect invasive plasmid-derived protein of the organism (conducted at Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health). These EIEC strains were sensitive (less than or equal to 0.19 to 6.25 micrograms/ml) to GM, ABPC, CBPC, CER, CET, NA, PB, MINO, TC and CP as well as KM and OFLX which were used for treatment. However, their susceptibility to FOM varied to some extent (6.25 to 25.0 micrograms/ml) and one strain isolated from a tofu worker was resistant to MINO, TC, FOM and CP (25 to greater than or equal to 100 micrograms/ml). Since investigation revealed that Godofu was left at room temperature about 29 degrees C until ingested, we did a experiment to check the bacterial growth in Godofu under similar conditions at the time of outbreak.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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