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March 18, 1961

Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli

Author Affiliations

Research Fellow, Memorial—Sloan-Kettering Center for Cancer Research New York City.

JAMA. 1961;175(11):1024. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040110088032

To the Editor:—  I would like to comment on the article by K. A. Mian appearing in The Journal (171:1957-1961 [Dec. 5] 1959), entitled "Isolation of Enteropathogenic Escherichia Coli from Household Pets," and the subsequent correspondence by Dr. D. A. Price in the Nov. 26, 1960, issue of The Journal (174:1755).In support of Mr. Mian's report on the carrier status of household pets harboring enteropathogenic Esch. coli and the possible epidemiologic relationship to infantile diarrhea, I would like to refer to a group of 20 cases that I recorded in 1956.1 Among these instances of pathogenic Esch. coli-induced infantile gastroenteritis, was noted the case of a 4-year-old girl from whom Esch. coli 0 26:B6 was isolated and identified by seroagglutination. The same organism was recovered from the family dog. In analyzing the epidemiologic aspects of this new finding, I considered in my report the possibilities

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