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The ‘period of excretion’. If a stool sample is collected too long after onset, the numbers of bacteria will be so low that infection will not be detected. If the usual period of excretion for VTEC O157 is known, then if a negative result is obtained, an EHO can interpret whether it genuinely indicates that infection with VTEC O157 has not occurred or if the sample was taken too long 24 How is VTEC diagnosed? after onset to isolate VTEC O157. This is particularly useful during the investigation of outbreaks.
To overcome the problem of selective detection of VTEC because of differing policies and methods of different laboratories, a special surveillance study was established in Wales in 1990. All faecal specimens submitted to all PHLS and NHS laboratories have been screened for VTEC using an agreed standard procedure. Positive isolates are reported to the PHLS, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (Welsh Unit) in Cardiff. Between 1990 and 1994 the incidence in Wales remained fairly constant. There was a big increase in 1995 due to one outbreak in a nursery in North Wales with 49 cases.
Nevertheless, the highest incidence was recorded in Canada and in Scotland, UK. Whilst most surveillance data have indicated an increase in infection since the mid-1980s, these data were considerably biased by improving laboratory techniques and more comprehensive screening policies over the period. In Wales, where all stools were screened between 1990 and 1993, the incidence was fairly constant. There was some indication of geographic variations in Canada, USA and the UK which could not be entirely dismissed as artefactual.