Isolation of Escherichia coli O86:K61 producing cyto-lethal distending toxin from wild birds of the finch family

Lett Appl Microbiol. 1998 Jun;26(6):395-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1472-765x.1998.00359.x.


Escherichia coli was recovered from selected tissues of 43 out of a total of 46 finches found dead in the Scottish Highlands during April-May of 1994 and 1995. The isolates did not ferment sorbitol, rhamnose, sucrose or melibiose; they belonged to serogroup O86:K61, produced cytolethal distending toxin (CLDT) and possessed the eae gene sequence. The consistent recovery of organisms producing CLDT and possessing the eae gene suggests that these organisms may have played a significant role in the finch mortalities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adhesins, Bacterial*
  • Animals
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Toxins / analysis*
  • Bacterial Toxins / genetics
  • Birds / microbiology*
  • Carrier Proteins*
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Escherichia coli / chemistry*
  • Escherichia coli / classification
  • Escherichia coli / isolation & purification*
  • Escherichia coli Proteins*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Scotland
  • Serotyping


  • Adhesins, Bacterial
  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
  • Bacterial Toxins
  • Carrier Proteins
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Escherichia coli Proteins
  • cytolethal distending toxin
  • eaeA protein, E coli