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Comparison of diversities of Escherichia coli O157 shed from a cohort of spring-born beef calves at pasture and in housing

Vali, L. and Wisely, K.A. and Pearce, M.C. and Turner, E.J. and Knight, H.I. and Smith, H.R. and Amyes, S.G.B. (2005) Comparison of diversities of Escherichia coli O157 shed from a cohort of spring-born beef calves at pasture and in housing. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 71 (3). pp. 1648-1654. ISSN 0099-2240

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Abstract

A cohort of spring-born beef calves demonstrated limited genetic and phenotypic diversity of Escherichia coli O157 when kept in a state of isolation. Despite this, there was a difference in the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and phage types of isolates shed by cattle at pasture compared with those shed by the same cattle when weaned and housed.