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Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Mar;18(3):477-9. doi: 10.3201/eid1803.111358.

Laboratory practices and incidence of non-O157 shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infections.

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Washington State Department of Health, Shoreline, WA 98155, USA. katie.stigi@doh.wa.gov

Abstract

We surveyed laboratories in Washington State, USA, and found that increased use of Shiga toxin assays correlated with increased reported incidence of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections during 2005-2010. Despite increased assay use, only half of processed stool specimens underwent Shiga toxin testing during 2010, suggesting substantial underdetection of non-O157 STEC infections.

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PMID:
22377034
PMCID:
PMC3309587
DOI:
10.3201/eid1803.111358
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