Prevalence and characteristics of intimin- and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli from gulls, pigeons and broilers in Finland.

@article{Kobayashi2002PrevalenceAC,
  title={Prevalence and characteristics of intimin- and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli from gulls, pigeons and broilers in Finland.},
  author={Hideki Kobayashi and Tarja Pohjanvirta and Sinikka Pelkonen},
  journal={The Journal of veterinary medical science},
  year={2002},
  volume={64 11},
  pages={
          1071-3
        }
}
The role of birds as sources of Shiga toxin-and intimin-producing Escherichia coli was studied. Fecal samples from live gulls (n=86), pigeons (n=33) and broiler chickens (n=199) from 23 flocks were analyzed for stx and eae by PCR. No stx positive samples were detected. In contrast, eae E. coli were highly prevalent among gulls (40%), and was also found in pigeons (7%) and chickens (57% of the flocks contaminated). The eae positive isolates were analyzed genetically and O-serogrouped. One… CONTINUE READING

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