July 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm #3190
Why Germanys E. coli outbreak was so deadly
Posted By On July 26, 2012
MICHIGAN STATE (US) Scientists have decoded the secret to the deadly 2011 outbreak in Germany, uncovering a way to potentially tame the killer bacteria. The deadliest outbreak ever, which caused 54 deaths and sickened more than 3,800 people, was traced to a particularly virulent strain that researchers had never seen in an outbreak before. The strain, O104:H4, shares some characteristics as other deadly bacteria, but its combination is novel. Researchers havent determined the mechanism it uses to cause disease, although Shannon Manning, a molecular biologist and epidemiologist at Michigan State University , and her team were able to find the strains Achilles heel: its biofilm. They report their findings in the journal PLoS ONE.http://news.msu.edu/media/documents/2012/07/f6da7a05-8c53-406b-9309-9b682af19549.pdf
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