Attaching-effacing Escherichia coli (AEEC) constitute a group of pathogenic bacteria common to human and animals. They include haemorrhagic E. coil (EHEC),the causative agent of human haemorrhagic colitis and haemolytic ureic syndrome (HUS), and pathogenic E. coli (EPEC), an agent of diarrhoea in infants and newborn animals. Public awareness on AEEC, and particularly on EHEC, has recently arisen from their implication in outbreaks of lethal HUS resulting from consumption of contaminated food products, in particular from bovine sources. The project brings together the competence of 12 European and associated research laboratories from the medical and veterinary sectors to understand the molecular,immunological and epidemiological basis for controlling zoometric EEC infections. The expected achievements of this project are to improve current strategies aimed at assessing and preventing the risk associated with AEEC.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
SW7 2AY London
RG16 0NN Newbury
BT4 3SD Belfast
H3C 3J7 Montreal