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Jul 27, 2011

Jul 27, 2011

Lessons cited as Germany declares end to E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Germany's infectious disease institute has declared that the Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak is over, now that the incubation period for the most recently confirmed case with links to the sprout seed–related event has passed.

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 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 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.

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