Hafnia alvei in stool specimens from patients with diarrhea and healthy controls

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Ridell, J., Siitonen, A., Paulin, L., Mattila, L., Korkeala, H. and Albert, M.J. 1994. Hafnia alvei in stool specimens from patients with diarrhea and healthy controls. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 32: 2335-2337.

Title: Hafnia alvei in stool specimens from patients with diarrhea and healthy controls
Author: Ridell, J.; Siitonen, A.; Paulin, L.; Mattila, L.; Korkeala, H.; Albert, M.J.
ISSN: 1098-660X
Abstract: We found an epidemiological association of Hafnia alvei with diarrhea, because the organism was isolated from 12 of 77 (16%) adult Finnish tourists to Morocco who developed diarrhea and from 0 of 321 tourists without diarrhea (P < 0.001). From another group of 112 adult Finnish diarrheal patients, only 2 (2%) yielded H. alvei. In contrast to some Bangladeshi strains of H. alvei, the Finnish strains were negative for the attachment-effacement lesion by an in vitro fluorescent acting staining test and also did not show homology to the Escherichia coli attachment-effacement gene (eaeA) by PCR. These results suggest that a mechanism or mechanisms other than the attachment-effacement lesion may also be involved in the association of H. alvei with diarrhea.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1975/584
Date: 1994


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