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The inventive subject matter relates to an immunogenic composition composed of a chimeric molecule including a conformationally stable adhesin from Escherichia coli fused to a bacterial toxin A subunit, such as cholera toxin A subunit or heat-labile Escherichia coli toxin A subunit. The invention also relates to the adhesin-toxin chimera noncovalently associated with a toxin B subunit of the same or different species as the A subunit. The invention also relates to a method of utilizing an adhesin/toxin fusion composition to elicit an immune response.