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Bacterial flora of Tasmanian SIDS infants with special reference to pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli

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Bettiol, SS and Radcliff, FJ and Hunt, ALC and Goldsmid, JM, Bacterial flora of Tasmanian SIDS infants with special reference to pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli, Epidemiology and Infection, 112, (2) pp. 275-84. ISSN 0950-2688 (1994) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1994 Cambridge University Press

DOI: doi:10.1017/S095026880005768X

Abstract

The general bacterial flora of 38 Tasmanian SIDS infants was examined together with faecal flora of 134 comparison infants ranging in age from birth to 6 months. The microflora of all specimens received was investigated with special emphasis on the toxigenic Escherichia coli (TEC). Samples were examined for verocytotoxigenic E. coli, free faecal verocytotoxin (FVT), heat labile toxin (LT) and heat stable toxin (ST) producers with the use of a Vero cell assay and commercial kits. The findings of this study revealed a high isolation rate (39%) of TEC from SIDS infants as compared to 1.5% from the healthy comparison infants. Atypical E. coli strains were also identified during the study, including E. coli A-D. An analysis of the same specimens for rotaviral and adenoviral antigens indicated that 30% of the SIDS cases were positive as compared to 20% in the comparison group.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:SIDS, infants, bacterial flora, Escherichia coli
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Medical Microbiology
Research Field:Medical Parasitology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Bettiol, SS (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
Author:Radcliff, FJ (Dr Jane Radcliff)
Author:Hunt, ALC (Mr Hunt)
Author:Goldsmid, JM (Professor John Goldsmid)
ID Code:97011
Year Published:1994
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2014-11-28
Last Modified:2015-03-16
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