Foodborne enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli: from gut pathogenesis to new preventive strategies involving probiotics

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Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) are a major cause of traveler’s diarrhea and infant mortality in developing countries. Given the rise of antibiotic resistance worldwide, there is an urgent need for the development of new preventive strategies. Among them, a promising approach is the use of probiotics. Although many studies, mostly performed under piglet digestive conditions, have shown the beneficial effects of probiotics on ETEC by interfering with their survival, virulence or adhesion to mucosa, underlying mechanisms remain unclear.

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