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A new E. coli O group O158 associated with an outbreak of infantile enteritis
  1. B. Rowe,
  2. R. J. Gross,
  3. R. Lindop,
  4. R. B. Baird
  1. Salmonella and Shigella Reference Laboratory, Central Public Health Laboratory, Colindale Avenue, London
  2. Manor Hospital, Walsall, Staffs


    An outbreak of acute diarrhoea occurred amongst babies in a special care baby unit. Thirteen babies were at risk; six suffered diarrhoea and three of these died. An Escherichia coli with an unidentifiable O antigen and flagellar antigen H23 was isolated from all six cases. This O antigen has been accepted into the international scheme as O158.

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