NB The reconstruction of the events in this article is based partly on official media reports, so some details need to be further investigated and taken with the benefit of the doubt.

In recent days, in twelve European countries have been diagnosed many cases (about 2100 to present) of infection with the bacterium Escherichia coli (Ec henceforth): Germany, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Republic Czech, Norway, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States. It seems that Hamburg is the outbreak of the epidemic, fatal cases so far have been seventeen, occurring for hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which causes dysentery clinical bleeding and kidney failure.

Health authorities have long brancicato in the dark, before determining that the bacterium responsible for the contamination is a particular strain of C. And, the 0104: H4, aggressive and resistant to antibiotics.

Escherichia coli belongs to a species of aerobic bacteria, common environment and in food and the bacterial flora that colonizes the gastrointestinal tract of humans and other animals. Some strains can cause enteritis or other types of infections, mainly dependent on the abdominal and urinary tract. C is one of the most widely used microorganisms in molecular biology.

What is, however, the source of the epidemic? They have been called into question the cucumbers from Spain, lettuce and other foods contaminated with manure, water, groundwater, mineral water … It ‘s possible that the infection has originated from a vegetable product, but maybe we will not be very far from the truth, if we believe an agent responsible for widespread contamination with chemical-biological trails.  read more -> Use google translator

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