Enterohaemorrhagic E.coli in Japan

Tim Williams 106341.1671 at CompuServe.COM
Tue Sep 24 14:07:56 EST 1996

I am preparing a talk to a group of local microbiologists on 
enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC).  The local newspapers 
in the UK have recently been reporting a large outbreak of 
haemorrhagic colitis in Japan. I have been unable to find much in 
any recent  medical journals and would appreciate any information 
about this outbreak.
in particular :

Was E.coli proved as the cause?

If so, was the strain E.coli 0157 (Either 0157:H7 or O157:H-)

Was the source of infection found ? The reports I read suggested 
radish sprouts had been implicated.

Was the outbreak centred in any particular area of Japan? 

Are final figures available for number of cases and incidence of 
complications such as HUS.

If anybody can help with this information, or indicate a recent 
reference , I would be extremely grateful.

Please excuse any inadvertant breaches of etiquette in the above.

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