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Volume 10, Number 10—October 2004

Escherichia coli and Community-acquired Gastroenteritis, Melbourne, Australia

Roy M. Robins-Browne*†Comments to Author , Anne-Marie Bordun*†, Marija Tauschek*, Vicki R. Bennett-Wood*†, Jacinta Russell†, Frances Oppedisano†, Nicole A. Lister*, Karl A. Bettelheim*, Christopher K. Fairley*, Martha I. Sinclair‡, and Margaret E. Hellard‡1
Author affiliations: *University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; †Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ‡Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Table 4

Frequency of Escherichia coli pathotypes in study participants with and without gastroenteritis

E. coli pathotypea Source
Symptomatic (n = 696) (%) Symptom-free (n = 489) (%)
EAEC 45 (6.5) 15 (3.1) 0.02
Typical EPEC 2 (0.3) 1 (0.2) NS
Atypical EPEC 89 (12.8) 11 (2.3) < 0.0001
ETEC 2 (0.3) 0 NS
EHEC 4 (0.6) 0 NS
STEC, not EHEC 0 1 (0.2) NS

aEAEC, enteroaggregative E. coli; EPEC, enteropathogenic E. coli; EIEC, enteroinvasive E. coli; ETEC, enterotoxigenic E. coli; STEC, Shiga toxin–producing E. coli; EHEC, enterohemorrhagic E. coli; NS, not significant (p > 0.1).
bFisher exact test, 2-tailed.

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1Current affiliation: Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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