Verocytotoxigenic E. Coli

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Verocytotxin producing Escherichia coli (VTEC), and in particular, strains of serogroup o157, have emerged as significant pathogens causing a range of severe and potentially fatal illnesses. The European Union has recognised the threat posed by E. coli O157:H7 and the need to devise control strategies based on an understanding of VTEC pathogenicity, transmission, survival and growth. It also acknowledges the imortance of informing farmers, veterinarians, food producers and health authorities so that each of these groups can act appropriately to reduce the overall hazards posed by these organisms. To contribute to the development and dissemination of effect control strategies, the European Commission funded a Concerted Action Project "A European study on animal, food, and biomedical aspects of verocytotoxigenic E. coli including serotype O157:H7, an emerging pathogen" (CT98-3935) within the Agriculture and Agro-industry Framework IV Research Programme (1998-2001). This book, compiled under the auspices of the above project, integrates contributions from project participants and invited contributor, to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of research on VTEC. It will be invaluable to current workers in this area, and those seeking an effective introduction to research on this important pathogen

Table of Contents

Emergence of Verocytotoxigenic E. coli
General Recovery , Characterisation and Typing Protocols for VTEC
Foods as Vehicles of VTEC Infection
A Case Study of Cheese Associated E. coli O157 Outbreaks in Scotland
Pathogenic Aspects of VTEC Infections in Ruminants
Pathogenic Aspects of VTEC Infection in Non-ruminant Animals
Pathogenic Aspects of STEC Infections in Humans
Healthy Animals as Carriers of STEC
Survival and Growth of VTEC in the Environment
Farm Management Practices: A Swedish Case Study
Control of VTEC in the Meat Industry
Control of VTEC in Non-meat Food Products
Clinical Management of E. coli O157 Infection
Verocytotoxigenic E. coli - Legal Aspects
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