E. coli O157 from sheep in northeast Scotland: prevalence, concentration shed, and molecular characterization by multilocus variable tandem repeat analysis

Olivia Solecki, Marion MacRae, Norval Strachan, Bjørn-Arne Lindstedt, Iain D Ogden

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We report the prevalence, concentrations, and strain diversity of Escherichia coli O157 shed by sheep fed on root crops during a winter period in northeast Scotland. E. coli O157 was isolated on 6 farms from 14 studied during January to March 2005. The individual sheep prevalence was 5.8% and concentration excreted was
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-854
Number of pages6
JournalFoodborne Pathogens and Disease
Issue number7
Early online date17 Mar 2009
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2009



  • alleles
  • animals
  • bacterial shedding
  • brassica
  • cell survival
  • cercopithecus aethiops
  • colony count, microbial
  • confidence intervals
  • diet
  • Escherichia coli Infections
  • Escherichia coli O157
  • feces
  • genetic variation
  • humans
  • minisatellite repeats
  • Monte Carlo method
  • plant roots
  • prevalence
  • Scotland
  • seasons
  • sheep
  • sheep diseases
  • vero cells
  • virulence factors

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