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enteropathogenic Escherichia coli


Definition: strain of Escherichia coli in which organisms adhere to small bowel mucosa and produce characteristic changes in the microvilli. This strain produces symptomatic, sometimes serious, gastrointestinal illnesses, especially severe in neonates and young children; typically it produces two toxins, one of which is heat labile, resembling that produced by Vibrio cholerae, the other heat stable.

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