Noriaki Hiruta

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An outbreak due to Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26:H11 (STEC) occurred at a nursery in southeastern Japan in 1997. Thirty-two children had watery or bloody diarrhoea but none of them suffered from haemolytic-uremic syndrome. All of the STEC O26 were isolated during the period from 23 July to 22 August from 24 children, 3 nurses, and 2 food(More)
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) strains produce a bundle-forming pilus (BFP) that mediates localized adherence (LA) to intestinal epithelial cells. The major structural subunit of the BFP is bundlin, which is encoded by the bfpA gene located on a large EAF plasmid. The perA gene has been shown to activate genes within the bfp operon. We analyzed(More)
Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAggEC) are an important cause of diarrhea. Four types of AAF have been identified; however, their prevalence and association with virulence properties remain unclear. E. coli strains carrying the aggR gene as EAggEC that were isolated in Japan and Thailand (n = 90) were examined for AAF subunit genes, two toxin genes(More)
A lactose slow-fermenting, non motile Escherichia coli strain was isolated from a diarrheal patient returning from Indonesia. Examination of virulence of the strain showed that it penetrated into tissue culture cells, and were positive in Serény test and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detection of enteroinvasive E. coli. A large plasmid responsible(More)
A bacterial strain was isolated that possessed the biochemical characteristics of Shigella dysenteriae but did not belong to any of the established S. dysenteriae serovars, from the feces of a diarrheal case who had travelled to Turkey, Pakistan, India and Thailand for about a month. This strain was invasive to tissue culture cells and gave a positive(More)
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