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The role of cattle and other ruminants in the epidemiology of verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli infections  [2006]

Bonardi, S. Leccese, C.

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In this review, the features of verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) were studied, in particular those regarding the microorganism virulence factors. The distribution of different serogroups/serotypes in human infections and animal reservoirs was also discussed. Nevertheless, the major goal of the review was the role of the animals as VTEC reservoirs: cattle in particular, but also buffaloes, sheep, goats and wild ruminants. The AA report the results of several international studies, but focused mainly on Italian epidemiological surveys. Apart from the animals, the role of foodstuffs of animal origin in the transmission of VTEC strains to humans was investigated

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Annali della Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria - Università di Parma (Italy)

ISSN : 0393-4802