Use of antisera for identification of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The usual methods for identifying enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains involve testing for production of heat-labile enterotoxins. To simplify the identification of ETEC, antisera against common ETEC O serogropus were used to identify ETEC in the stools from 618 patients with acute diarrhoea and dehydration (greater than or equal to 5% loss of body-weight) receiving treatment at a hospital in Dacca, Bangladesh. Compared with enterotoxin testing the antisera had a sensitivity of 64%, a specificity of 96%, and a predictive accuracy of 89%. These antisera may be useful in the identification ETEC in clinical laboratories which are unable to perform toxin testing and should be evaluated in other geographical areas.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Merson, MH; Rowe, B; Black, RE; Huq, I; Gross, RJ; Eusof, A

Published Date

  • August 2, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 8188

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 224

PubMed ID

  • 6105391

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-6736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0140-6736(80)90118-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England