enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia colimedical dictionary

Enterohaemorrhagic strains of Escherichia coli, usually of the serotype 0157:H7; produces a toxin resembling that produced by Shigella; associated with damage to the epithelium, ischaemia of the bowel, and necrosis of the colon. Apparently responsible for a haemorrhagic form of colitis without fever, which can be very severe, spread primarily by contaminated beef. May also cause microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, renal failure, and the haemolytic uraemic syndrome.

Acronym: EHEC

American spelling: enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli

(05 Mar 2000)