Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli prevalence in laboratory rabbits
Author(s)Byrd, Charles P.; Donocoff, Rachel S.; Rodriguez, Loretta; Swennes, Alton G.; Jordan, Ellen Marie Buckley; Madden, Carolyn; Parry, Nicola; Fox, James G; ... Show more Show less
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Rabbit-origin enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) causes substantial diarrhea-associated morbidity and has zoonotic potential. A culture-based survey was undertaken to ascertain its prevalence. EPEC was isolated from 6/141 (4.3%) commercially-acquired laboratory rabbits. Three of these did not have diarrhea or EPEC-typical intestinal lesions; they instead had background plasmacytic intestinal inflammation. Asymptomatically infected rabbits may function as EPEC reservoirs. Keyword: Escherichia coli infections; Laboratory animals; Rabbits; Diarrhea; Zoonoses; Inflammation
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Division of Comparative Medicine
Swennes, Alton G. et al. “Enteropathogenic Escherichia Coli Prevalence in Laboratory Rabbits.” Veterinary Microbiology 163, 3–4 (May 2013): 395–398 © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
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