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  • 1 Military Medical Academy Institute of Epidemiology Crnotravska 17 11000 Belgrade Serbia
  • 2 National Center for Epidemiology Department of Bacteriology II Gyáli u. 2-6 H-1097 Budapest Hungary
  • 3 University Child Clinic Belgrade Serbia
  • 4 National Center for Epidemiology Department of Parasitology Gyáli u. 2-6 H-1097 Budapest Hungary
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Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains of O157:H7 serotype are a predominant cause of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) worldwide, but strains of non-O157 serotypes can also be associated with serious disease. Some of them are associated with outbreaks of HUS, others with sporadic cases of HUS, and some with diarrhoea but not with outbreaks or HUS. A large number of STEC serotypes isolated from ruminants and foods have never been associated with human disease. In this study we characterize a STEC strain belonging to serotype O171:H25 that is responsible for a case of HUS. This strain has a single Shiga toxin gene encoding Stx2 toxin, and hlyA gene, but is eae-negative.

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