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Examination of retail chickens and sausages in Britain for vero cytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli.

By H R Smith, T Cheasty, D Roberts, A Thomas and B Rowe


Samples from chickens and pork sausages were examined for the presence of Vero cytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli by using DNA probes for the Vero cytotoxin genes. Hybridization was detected in 25% of the 184 sausage samples, but none of the chickens was positive. No E. coli O157:H7 strains were isolated, and serotyping showed that the Vero cytotoxin-producing E. coli strains belonged to eight different O serogroups and that six strains had an unidentifiable O antigen

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1991
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