First documented case of human infection with ovine Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli serotype O52:H45

Sadjia Bekal, Danielle Ramsay, Fabien Rallu, Pierre Pilon, Matthew Gilmour, Roger Johnson, Cécile Tremblay

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We report a concurrent case of infection with non-O157 Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strain in an 8-month-old child. Laboratory and epidemiological investigations indicated child exposure to contaminated sheep meat following the Muslim feast of sacrifice (Eid al-Adha). Microbiological and molecular typing confirmed that the ovine strain O52:H45 (stx1+, eae-, hlyA-) was the causal agent. This is the first documented case of human infection to this STEC serotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-418
Number of pages2
JournalCanadian Journal of Microbiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


  • Animals
  • Escherichia coli Infections/microbiology
  • Feces/microbiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Meat/microbiology
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Serotyping
  • Sheep
  • Shiga Toxin 1/genetics
  • Shiga-Toxigenic Escherichia coli/classification

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