Conventional screening for enteropathogenic Escherichia coli in the UK. Is it appropriate or necessary?

J Hosp Infect. 1992 Jul;21(3):163-7. doi: 10.1016/0195-6701(92)90072-t.


Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) is a well-recognized cause of infantile diarrhoea in the developing countries. In the developed countries, however, the incidence of EPEC associated outbreaks has dramatically declined. The last major outbreak in the UK was reported in 1980. This paper reviews the recent advances in the field of pathogenesis of diarrhoea caused by EPEC and questions the need to screen routinely for EPEC by conventional serological methods used in clinical microbiology laboratories in the UK.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Diarrhea / epidemiology*
  • Diarrhea / microbiology
  • Diarrhea / prevention & control
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Escherichia coli / isolation & purification
  • Escherichia coli Infections / epidemiology*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / microbiology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / prevention & control
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mass Screening / trends*
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology