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‘New E. coli Strain Causes Epidemic’

Friday, 03 June 2011 06:06

‘Scientists at Chinese lab BGI have found that a new highly infectious strain of the bacteria carrying several antibiotic resistant genes has caused the E. coli epidemic in Europe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said on Thursday that scientists are still unaware of the source of the new bacteria, and preliminary tests have shown that the bacteria is a mutant form of two different types of E. coli, AFP reports.

The new strain is called ST131 which caused many of the E. coli infections resistant to antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone and cephalosporin classes, scientists have said. The killer bacteria epidemic has left over 2,000 sickened across Europe in addition to 18 people who have already died of the disease.’

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