Longitudinal analysis and characterization of Escherichia coli O157:H7 shedding in dairy cattle in Northern Colorado
Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC) is an enterohemorrhagic Gram-negative bacteria that is a common source of foodborne illness around the world. Annually, O157 is responsible for approximately 100,000 cases, 3,000 hospitalizations, and 90 deaths in the United States, and has been diagnostically confirmed on every continent except for Antarctica. Dairy cattle serve as asymptomatic carriers of the O157 bacteria, maintaining a continuous cycle of reinfection through their environment, and have been implicated as a potential source of contamination of the food chain. Gathering data on prevalence and ...
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