TITLE

Seasonal Prevalence of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 in Beef Cattle Feces

AUTHOR(S)
Alam, M. J.; Zurek, L.
PUB. DATE
December 2006
SOURCE
Journal of Food Protection;Dec2006, Vol. 69 Issue 12, p3018
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Cattle are an asymptomatic reservoir of Escherichia coli O157:H7, but the bacterial colonization and shedding patterns are poorly understood. The prevalence and shedding of this human pathogen have been reported to be seasonal with rates typically increasing during warm months. The objectives of this study were (i) to assess the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 in feces of feedlot cattle in Kansas during summer, fall, and winter months, and (ii) to characterize E. coli O157:H7 by screening for virulence factors. Of 891 fecal samples collected, 82 (9.2%) were positive for E. coli O157:H7. No significant differences in prevalence were detected among summer, fall, and winter months. The highest monthly prevalence (18. 1%) was detected in February. All tested isolates were positive for stx2 (Shiga toxin 2) and eaeA (intimin) genes; 14 isolates (12.8%) also carried stx1. Our results indicate the prevalence of E. coli O157: H7 in beef cattle feces is not necessarily season dependent.
ACCESSION #
23564678

 

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