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Verotoxin/E.coli O157

Bryan Kiehl b3748 at cts.com
Wed Apr 12 14:10:01 EST 1995

mike at serrratia.demon.co.uk (Michael Gaston) wrote:
>It seems likely that the current rapid latex tests for O157 antigen don't
>help in the diagnosis of verotoxin producing non-O157 E.coli.  I work for a
>diagnostic company and we are thinking about developing an immunoassay for
>verotoxins.  In the first instance this would probably be a
>culture-confirmation test rather than a direct faecal screen.
>However, its not clear to me whether a test for verotoxin would be of
>sufficient diagnostic value to be useful in a clinical laboratory. If
>anyone has experience of using such a test, home-brewed or otherwise, I'd
>be greatly interested in their views.
>Thanks in advance,
I think a test like this has just been introduced by one or more companies. I think one is Meridian
in Ohio.

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