Table 1.

General, biological, and clinical data of patients during the acute phase and characteristics of the E. coli strains isolated from patients’ stool specimens

CharacteristicPatienta
123456
Sexb FMFFFF
Age (yr)458463397677
Prodromic diarrheac + (B)+ (NB)+ (NB)+ (NB)+ (B)+ (NB)
Body temperature (°C)38.53738.5383937.2
Biological parameter
 Hemoglobin level (g/dl)6.67.48.65.97.19.8
 Haptoglobin level (g/liter)<0.05<0.05<0.05<0.05<0.05<0.05
 Schistocytes++++++
 Platelets (count/μl)94,00025,00022,00022,00032,00025,000
 White blood cells (count/μl)16,0007,5304,26010,81013,9609,200
 Creatinine (μmol/liter)6474542401,127370542
E. coli characteristic
 Serotyped O6:H4O91:H10O91:H21O rough:H16OX3:H−Ont:H−
stxe stx 2 stx 2 stx 2 stx 2 stx 2 stx 2
ehlye ++
eaef
  • a +, present; −, not detected.

  • b F, female; M, male.

  • c B, bloody; NB, nonbloody.

  • d Ont, not O serotypeable.

  • e Stx- and Ehly-encoding genes detected by PCR and specific hybridizations.

  • f eae detected by dot blot hybridization.