New super dangerous coli bacteria ravaging Germany and Scandinavia are unknown. But Danish Scientist dispute.


Thursday, 02 June 2011
Researchers are beginning to understand the e-coli bacterium that is currently ravaging Germany, Denmark and Sweden. And as feared, it is a brand new and super dangerous bacterium according to the WHO.

Chinese genetics researchers from the Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen have studied the parts of the bacterium, and notes that it is highly toxic and resistant to certain antibiotics. The Institute also confirmed that the bacteria has never seen before

Compared to the previously known E. coli bacteria, this is a new strain that is highly contaminated and toxic. At the same time, a study shows that the bacterium has a particular strain not previously seen in the outbreak.

A comparison with known types of bacteria shows an overlap of 93 percent with e-coli bacteria that led to severe diarrhoea in the Central African Republic. Similarly, the bacteria move reminiscent of the gene sequences that can help trigger ulcerative colitis and renal failure.

Finally, the study confirms suspicions for believing that the bacterium is very difficult to treat with antibiotics. The team behind the study continues analysis work with the results, hoping to be able to treat the bacteria and stop further outbreaks or spread.

The source of infection has still not yet been mapped out, but studies have acquitted Spanish and Danish cucumbers. However, Food Administration in Denmark warns against continued ingestion of tomato, cucumber and leaf lettuce from Germany.

In Denmark, there is the argument that the coli form bacterium is not new. It is not true that the lethal coli bacteria VTEC is unique and that it has never been tracked before according to Dnaish medical experts to the website

 K�re M�lbak of the Danish institute Statens Serum rejects the recent announcement from the World Health Organization.
“The bacterium has emerged a handful of times in the past decade and at Statens Serum Institut, we have few examples of it in our culture collection,” he said to

Kari M�lbak pointed however that WHO was right to mention that it was an unusual bacterium, since one has not seen so large a scale outbreak (in the developed world) before.

So far, 17 Danes have been infected with the bacterium, and several of them have had serious kidney problems. But according to Kari M�lbak there are few signs that the infection has peaked in Denmark.

In Denmark, the bacterium hit nine women and eight men, but in Germany it is mainly women who have been infected with it. The reason, according to Kari M�lbak is that there are far more women than men who eat vegetables.

“It is often that the husband chose the steak and a woman chooses salad. It is also something we've seen in other cases where a bacterium was transferred via vegetables, "he said to
In Sweden a new case of the bacterial infection, EHEC was confirmed in V�stra G�taland today making it a total of 46 Swedes who are now infected.

Although the most recent case reported don’t seem to be serious the tendency is that there might be increased in the number of cases given that Gothenburg house some guests from Germany.
By Team

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