German E. Coli Strain Not Typical

A new study reveals the strain of E. coli currently spreading through Europe is more deadly than more common forms of the bacteria.

Scientists say the strain, which has been traced to sprouts grown on an organic farm in Germany, is three times more virulent than most forms of E. coli. That's because it has a relentless ability to attach to cells inside the intestine and produces a harmful toxin that can trigger a fatal form of kidney failure. It is also resistant to many antibiotics, making the German E. coli deadlier and easier to transmit.

Another study finds the European outbreak has already sickened over 3,200 people and is responsible for at least 39 deaths.


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  • by Voice of Reason Location: Germany on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    @ Smith - Its NOT a Virus, its a bacteria. And as a microbiologist, in germany, there is no indication that it is of laboratory origin. Im really sorry for your ignorance. @everyone - We are constantly finding new bacterial strains everyday. As a matter of fact, the current database of strains is only a tiny fraction of what actually exists. You might be suprised by how much we DONT know about life on this planet. So dont be suprised when we find something new, and say its created in a lab...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    Please cite a reference for your information then.
  • by Smith Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    This is a LABORATORY- created strain of the e Coli virus! Why hasn't this been pointed out and reported on?
  • by Dawg on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    Just say it, it is not typical to find this outside the lab where it was created.
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