Cattle water troughs as reservoirs of Escherichia coli O157.

  title={Cattle water troughs as reservoirs of Escherichia coli O157.},
  author={Jeffrey T Lejeune and Thomas E Besser and Dale D. Hancock},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={67 7},
Environmental survival of Escherichia coli O157 may play an important role in the persistence and dissemination of this organism on farms. The survival of culturable and infectious E. coli O157 was studied using microcosms simulating cattle water troughs. Culturable E. coli O157 survived for at least 245 days in the microcosm sediments. Furthermore, E. coli O157 strains surviving more than 6 months in contaminated microcosms were infectious to a group of 10-week-old calves. Fecal excretion of E… CONTINUE READING
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