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Toxins and Virulence Factors of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli Associated With Strains Isolated From Indigenous Children and International Visitors to a Rural Community in Guatemala

This article, published in Epidemiology and Infection, reports on a study comparing the frequency, enterotoxin, and colonization factor (CF) profiles of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains among children living in a rural community in Guatemala and Western visitors to the same location during the same season. The results showed that while ETEC was an important pathogen in both groups suffering from diarrhea, the toxin and CF patterns of the ETEC strains differed significantly between the groups. They also concluded that ETEC phenotypes in Guatemalan children were comparable to those found in children from other areas of the world.

Author: Torres OR, Gonzalez W, Lemus O, et al.

Published: 2014

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Citation: Torres OR, Gonzalez W, Lemus O, et al. Toxins and Virulence Factors of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli Associated With Strains Isolated From Indigenous Children and International Visitors to a Rural Community in Guatemala. Epidemiology and Infection. 2014;Early Online Publication.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Shigellosis and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC)

Topics: Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean