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Research Project: Molecular Identification and Characterization of Bacterial and Viral Pathogens Associated with Foods

Location: Produce Safety and Microbiology Research

Title: Genome sequences of eight Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strains isolated from a produce-growing region in California

Author
item Parker, Craig
item Cooper, Kerry - University Of Arizona
item Huynh, Steven
item Smith, Timothy - Tim
item Bono, James - Jim
item Cooley, Michael - Mike

Submitted to: Genome Announcements
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/6/2018
Publication Date: 7/12/2018
Citation: Parker, C.T., Cooper, K.K., Huynh, S., Smith, T.P., Bono, J.L., Cooley, M.B. 2018. Genome sequences of eight Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strains isolated from a produce-growing region in California. Microbiol Resour Announc 7:e00807-18.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/MRA.00807-18

Interpretive Summary: Cases of foodborne illness due to Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are a global problem with approximately 2.8 million cases of acute illnesses annually. Although STEC O157:H7 strains are the cause of the majority of these illnesses, non-O157 STEC infections have emerged as a public health problem in the United States and internationally. The presence of STEC adjacent to raw produce production environment must be considered a risk factor for contamination with several transmission routes possible including water, air and animals. Indeed, raw produce has been the source of multiple outbreaks involving a variety of serotypes including O157, O145, O104 STEC identified. This announcement documents the complete-genome sequences of eight non-O157 STEC strains previously recovered from livestock and water samples collected in a major agricultural region for leafy-green production in California’s Central Coast.

Technical Abstract: Produce contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) is a continuing source of foodborne illness in the United States. This report documents the complete genome sequences of eight STEC strains recovered from livestock, wildlife, and water samples recovered from a major agricultural region for leafy greens in California, USA.