Screening for Escherichia coli O157:H7--a nationwide survey of clinical laboratories

T G Boyce, A G Pemberton, J G Wells, P M Griffin

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The Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors has recommended that clinical laboratories screen at least all bloody stools for Escherichia coli O157:H7. We contacted the microbiology supervisors of 230 randomly selected clinical laboratories in the United States and administered a standardized questionnaire regarding stool culture practices. Of the 129 laboratories that performed stool cultures, only 70 (54%) reported screening either all stools or all bloody stools submitted for culture for E. coli O157:H7.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3275-7
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1995


  • Data Collection
  • Diarrhea/microbiology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Escherichia coli/classification
  • Escherichia coli Infections/epidemiology
  • Feces/microbiology
  • Humans
  • Laboratories
  • Mass Screening
  • Occult Blood
  • United States/epidemiology

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article


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