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Killer E coli very antibiotic resistant

2011-06-02 22:06

Berlin - A German hospital treating patients felled by a mysterious killer bacteria said on Thursday that it appears to be particularly resistant to antibiotics after its researchers sequenced the strain's genome.

The University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf said its microbiologists had worked with Chinese researchers to crack the genetic code of the lethal strain of E coli, as the death toll from the outbreak rose to 18 in Europe.

"A preliminary analysis pointed to possible reasons for this strain of E coli's extreme aggressiveness and resistance to antibiotics," it said in a statement from Hamburg, the epicentre of the outbreak.

"The data culled will make it possible in future to develop better molecular tools for a precise diagnosis of the strain behind the outbreak.

"In addition, it can now be researched how this new type of E coli strain developed, why the strain can spread at great speed and why the illness it unleashes is so serious."

It was not immediately clear whether the clinic was referring to a new strain of the bacteria or the first outbreak of illness from the strain. The facility could no longer be reached for comment.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said earlier that the strain of a lethal bacteria was "very rare" and had never been seen in an outbreak form before.

"It has been seen in sporadic cases and is very rare," Gregory Hartl, the WHO spokesperson, said.

Comments
  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-03 01:32

    Mmmhm, probably came from semi/un-purified water used to irrigate the veggies, which (the water) came from, probably, a cattlefarm still using the practice of putting low levels of broad spectrum anti-Bs in the feed. That's just a recipe for disaster, which has already taken place as seen above.

  • Bernard du Randt - 2011-06-03 07:22

    I hope they can get this under control. Its hard to believe that even with top Science and Research Labs in the world, A Killer Bacteria can still stump a group of scientists.

  • Peter - 2011-06-03 08:05

    This is propaganda, to again allow the bid pharma to have its way with drugging the people. All profit based in motive.

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