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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 14  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 1022 - 1027

Frequency of Escherichia coli O157: H7 in children with diarrhoea in Zahedan, Islamic Republic of Iran

Fard A.H.M., Bokaeian M. and Qureishi M.E.    

Abstract: Escherichia coli O157:H7 has been implicated in diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhagic colitis and uraemic haemolytic syndrome but is not routinely cultured in laboratories. We tested 322 samples from children referred with diarrhoea to a clinic in Zahedan, Islamic Republic of Iran. There were 21 sorbitol-negative E. coli isolated; serotyping revealed 4 strains positive for O157, out of which only 2 strains were identified as E. coli O157:H7. Both cases were boys, aged 1.5 and 4 years respectively. Antibiotic sensitivity testing found the strains were sensitive for amikacin, gentamicin, nitrofurantoin and tobramycin and resistant to chloramphenicol, cefalexin, cefalothin and co-trimoxazole.

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