INTRODUCTION. Detection of enteroaggregative strains of Escherichia coli (EAEC) by the gold standard technique (cellular adherence) is difficult to implement in routine clinical practice. METHODS. The gold standard was compared with a PCR method for this purpose. RESULTS. With respect to the cellular adherence technique, PCR performance was as follows: sensitivity 0.93, specificity 1, positive predictive value 1, and negative predictive value 0.91. CONCLUSION. The PCR method studied is a viable alternative for routine detection of EAEC strains.
|Translated title of the contribution||Validation of a PCR technique for the detection of enteroagreggative Escherichia coli causing traveler's diarrhea|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica|
|State||Published - Oct 2005|