Serological Evidence of Asymptomatic Infections during Escherichia coli O104:H4 Outbreak in Germany in 2011.
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Faber, Mirko S
Lassen, Sofie Gillesberg
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AbstractThe largest known outbreak caused by a rare hybrid strain of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) and enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC) (E.coli O104:H4) of serotype O104:H4 occurred in Germany in 2011. Fenugreek sprouts acted as a transmission vehicle and were widely consumed in the outbreak area at the time of the epidemic. In total 3,842 people developed a clinical illness caused by this strain; however the rates of asymptomatic infections remain unclear. We aimed to develop a serological assay for detection of E.coli O104 LPS specific antibodies and to establish the post-outbreak levels of seropositivity among people with documented exposure to contaminated sprouts.
CitationSerological Evidence of Asymptomatic Infections during Escherichia coli O104:H4 Outbreak in Germany in 2011. 2013, 8 (9):e73052 PLoS ONE
AffiliationRobert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany.
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