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Lett Appl Microbiol. 1994 Nov;19(5):304-7.

Vero cytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 in beefburgers linked to an outbreak of diarrhoea, haemorrhagic colitis and haemolytic uraemic syndrome in Britain.

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Laboratory of Enteric Pathogens, Central Public Health Laboratory, London, UK.


Vero cytotoxin (VT)-producing Escherichia coli O157 (O157 VTEC) were isolated from a raw beefburger obtained from a retail source linked to a small community outbreak of O157 VTEC infection in Wales. Strains from the meat and from seven of eight patients belonged to phage type 49 and were indistinguishable by their VT-type, plasmid content and hybridization with DNA of a VT-encoding phage from an O157 VTEC strain. This first report of the isolation of O157 VTEC from a beef product in Britain supports the view that there is a bovine reservoir for this organism.

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