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WHO: E. coli outbreak caused by new strain
« on: June 02, 2011, 08:24:04 AM »
 
 
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LONDON — The E. coli bacteria responsible for a mysterious outbreak that has left 18 people dead and sickened hundreds is a new strain that has never been seen before, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
 
Preliminary genetic sequencing suggests the strain is a mutant form of two different E. coli bacteria, with aggressive genes that could explain why the outbreak appears to be so massive and dangerous, the agency said.
 
"This is a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before," Hilde Kruse, a food safety expert at WHO, told The Associated Press. The new strain has "various characteristics that make it more virulent and toxin-producing" than the many E. coli strains people naturally carry in their intestines.
 
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Re: WHO: E. coli outbreak caused by new strain
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 08:38:20 AM »
and now they say it is a superbug.,,,, drug resistant and it's clinging on.  That doesnt sound like a whole lot of  good news coming from this strain.
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