Escherichia coli O104:H21
Escherichia coli O104:H21 is a rare serotype of Escherichia coli, a species of bacteria that lives in the lower intestines of mammals. The presence of many serotypes of E. coli in animals is beneficial or does not cause disease in animals. However, some serotypes of E. coli have been recognized as pathogenic to humans, e.g. E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O121 and E. coli O104:H21.
E. coli O104:H21 can cause outbreak of infection similar to that caused by E. coli O157:H7, the most common shiga-like toxin-producing E. coli (SLTEC). SLTECs are the most well-known causes of gastrointestinal illness and diarrhea.
- http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5602a2.htm Laboratory-Confirmed Non-O157 Shiga Toxin Producing E. Coli, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed March 16, 2007
- http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/escherichiacoli_g.htm#What%20is%20Escherichia%20coli%20O157:H7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Last Accessed August 1, 2007
- http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00038146.htm Outbreak of Acute Gastroenteritis Attributable to Escherichia coli Serotype O104:H21, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed July 31, 2007
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