Sharing of virulent Escherichia coli clones among household members of a woman with acute cystitis.

James R. Johnson, Connie Clabots

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Within-household transmission of extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) may contribute to the pathogenesis of urinary tract infection (UTI), but this is poorly understood. METHODS: A woman with acute UTI, 4 human household members who cohabited with her, and the family's pet dog underwent prospective longitudinal surveillance for colonizing E. coli for 7-9 weeks after the woman's UTI episode. Unique clones were resolved by random amplified polymorphic DNA and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis analysis. Virulence genes, phylogenetic group, and O types were defined by PCR. Comparisons with reference strains were made using random amplified polymorphic DNA profiling. RESULTS: Serial fecal and urine samples from the 6 household members yielded 7 unique E. coli clones (4 of which were ExPEC and 3 of which were non-ExPEC). For 3 clones, extensive among-host sharing was evident in patterns suggesting host-to-host transmission. The mother's UTI clone, which represented E. coli O1:K1:H7, was the clone that was most extensively shared (in 5 hosts, including the dog) and most frequently recovered (in 45% of samples and at all 3 time points). The other 3 ExPEC clones corresponded with E. coli O6:K2:H1, O1:K1:H7, and O2:F10,F48. CONCLUSIONS: E. coli clones, including ExPEC, can be extensively shared among human and animal household members in the absence of sexual contact and in patterns suggesting host-to-host transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e101-108
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Volume43
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2006

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Funding Information:
This material is based on work supported by the Office of Research and Development, Medical Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs. Dave Prentiss created the figures. We thank the study subjects for their contributions.

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