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Aug 05, 2011

Aug 05, 2011

Reports profile secondary E coli cases in German epidemic

(CIDRAP News) – Two Eurosurveillance reports yesterday shed new light on secondary infections in Europe's Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak, suggesting that the pathogen isn't more transmissible than other similar strains and that it can lose its extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) resistance.

Jul 21, 2011

Jul 21, 2011

Study sheds light on EU outbreak's E coli family tree

– German researchers who were the first to release the initial genome sequence of the Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak strain published their in-depth findings yesterday, which found that it differed from a 2001 strain found in Germany, but that both could have evolved from a common progenitor.

Jul 21, 2011

Jul 21, 2011

Changes in E coli testing pose surveillance challenges

(CIDRAP News) – The big Escherichia coli O104:H4 epidemic in Germany comes at a time when methods of testing for pathogenic E coli are changing, posing some challenges for public health officials intent on detecting E coli outbreaks quickly and monitoring trends as accurately as possible.

Jul 15, 2011

Jul 15, 2011

Beef producer adds testing for non-O157 E coli strains

(CIDRAP News) – A South Dakota beef company yesterday announced that it would become the first processor to incorporate testing for six lesser-known pathogenic Escherichia coli strains into its food safety program.

Jul 13, 2011

Jul 13, 2011

Asymptomatic E coli infections raise new EU worries

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials investigating a cluster of Escherichia coli O104:H4 infections at a German school found a large number of asymptomatic infections in students and staff, a development that could pose new threats, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) said yesterday.

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