1999 Volume 61 Issue 10 Pages 1187-1189
Three 3-month-old Japanese Black calves were experimentally infected with Escherichia coli O157:H7 to define the magnitude (CFU/g) and duration of fecal shedding of the organism. In two of the three calves, fecal shedding of E. coli O157:H7 ceased in 5 and 9 weeks. The remaining calf continued shedding E. coli O157:H7 for more than 31 weeks, and the magnitude of the shedding ranged from 101 to 104 CFU/g of feces. The possibility is suggested that a percentage of animals naturally infected with E. coli O157:H7 on farms may become long-term shedders, transmitting the organism to other animals in the herd and to the proximate environment.