Uh Oh: German E. Coli is New Hybrid “Super-Toxic” Antibiotic Resistant Strain

update via Discover Magazine: 

“A German researcher found that the strain’s DNA contains small sequences from other E. coli strains and from plague bacteria, which may help explain its ferocity—though there’s no way, he emphasizes, that these bacteria could cause any form of plague.”

“E. coli is often spread when food, meat or water come into contact with cattle feces, but it’s unclear whether this rare strain is transmitted the same way as more common ones. Wildlife feces or dirty factory equipment could also be transmitting the bacteria.”

http://urlet.com/integer.space

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/06/01/deadly-e-coli-outbreak-sweeps-europe-its-source-still-a-mystery/

update: now 3 cases in US via USA Today:

“Three Americans who traveled recently to Germany contracted the food-poisoning bacteria and developed haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS), which affects the blood and kidneys, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN. All are in U.S. hospitals.”

http://urlet.com/indictment.prematurely

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/06/3-americans-have-mutant-strain-of-e-coli-hitting-europe/1

update: 2 cases in United States via Wa Po: 

“At least two cases of the unusual strain of E. coli that is causing a deadly outbreak in Europe have been reported in the United States, and federal and state health authorities are monitoring closely for any additional cases, a federal health official said Thursday.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/two-us-e-coli-cases-tied-to-european-outbreak/2011/06/02/AGoNkOHH_story.html

via Science Magazine:

 “Now, early results from sequencing projects of the enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli(EHEC) strain appear to confirm that a never-before-seen hybrid, combining the worst of several bacterial strains, is causing the havoc.

The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), in Shenzhen, China—which today announced that it has sequenced the microbe’s entire 5.2-million-base-pair genome—says that its acquisition of several virulence genes make this EHEC strain “supertoxic.””

“…the analysis also confirmed that the microbe is resistant to many antibiotics. These include aminoglycoside, the macrolides, and the beta-lactams—”all of which makes antibiotic treatment extremely difficult,…””

http://urlet.com/poncho.infobeat

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/06/sequence-yields-clues-to-germany.html?ref=hp

more stories:  http://urlet.com/doubt.losing,  http://urlet.com/diversity.feeling

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