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Volume 19, Number 1—January 2013


Human Gastroenteritis Outbreak Associated with Escherichia albertii, Japan

Tadasuke Ooka, Eisuke Tokuoka, Masato Furukawa, Tetsuya Nagamura, Yoshitoshi Ogura, Kokichi Arisawa, Seiya Harada, and Tetsuya HayashiComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan (T. Ooka, Y. Ogura, T. Hayashi); Kumamoto Prefectural Institute of Public Health and Environmental Science, Kumamoto, Japan (E. Tokuoka, M. Furukawa, T. Nagamura, S. Harada); University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan (K. Arisawa)

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Table 2

Clinical symptoms of party participants during outbreak of gastroenteritis associated with Escherichia albertii, by pathogen identified, Japan*

Symptom E. albertii, n = 21† E. albertii and E. coli O183:H18, n = 7 E. coli O183:H18, n = 3 None,‡ n =11§
Diarrhea 17 (81)¶ 7 (100)§ 1 (33) 4 (36)
Abdominal pain 16 (76)¶ 6 (86)§ 2 (67) 3 (27)
Nausea 5 (24) 5 (71)§ 0 1 (9)
Fever 8 (38) 4 (57) 2 (67) 4 (36)
None 1 (5)¶ 0 0 5 (45)

*Values are no. (%). None, negative for both pathogens.
†One symptomatic person was excluded because no clinical record was available.
‡Negative for both pathogens.
§One person was excluded because no clinical record was available.
¶A 2-tailed Fisher exact test (p<0.05) showed significant differences between the groups from which E. albertii or E. coli O183:H18 was isolated and the groups from which they were not isolated.

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