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WHO: E. coli outbreak
caused by new strain
LONDON (AP) — An entirely new super-toxic bug is causing the
poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 1,600 people and
killed 18, researchers and global health officials said Thursday.
DNA of the new E. coli strain, believed to have contaminated salad
vegetables, was analyzed by Chinese and German scientists. It contains
several genes that cause antibiotic resistance and is similar to a
strain that causes serious diarrhea and is found in the Central African
Republic, according to a statement from the Shenzhen, China-based
laboratory, BGI. Those scientists were working together with the
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
"This is a unique
strain that has never been isolated from patients before," Hilde Kruse,
a food safety expert at the World Health Organization, told The
Associated Press. The new strain has "various characteristics that make
it more virulent and toxin-producing" than the many E. coli strains
people naturally carry in their intestines.
sequencing suggests the strain is a never before seen combination of
two different E. coli bacteria, with aggressive genes that could
explain why the outbreak appears to be so massive and dangerous, the
Researchers have so far been unable to pinpoint the
food source of the illness, which has now spread to at least 10
European countries and fanned uncertainty about eating tomatoes,
cucumbers and lettuce. The germ has caused 499 to develop a kidney
failure complication. Germany is hardest hit.
Fearful of the
outbreak spreading east to Russia, the country extended a ban on
vegetables to the entire European Union from just Germany and Spain, a
move the bloc quickly called disproportionate.
Kruse said it's
not uncommon for bacteria to continually mutate, evolving and swapping
genes. It is difficult to explain where the new strain came from, she
said, but strains of bacteria from both humans and animals easily trade
genes, similar to how animal viruses like Ebola sometimes jump into
"One should think of an animal source," Kruse said.
animals are hosts of various types of toxin-producing E. coli." Some
scientists suspect the deadly E. coli might have originated in
contaminated manure used to fertilize vegetables.
coli outbreaks have mainly hit children and the elderly, but the
European outbreak is disproportionately affecting adults, especially
women. Kruse said there might be something particular about the
bacteria strain that makes it more dangerous for adults.
cautioned that since people with milder cases probably aren't seeking
medical help, officials don't know just how big the outbreak is. "It's
hard to say how virulent (this new E. coli strain) is because we just
don't know the real number of people affected."
Nearly all the
sick people either live in Germany or recently traveled there. British
officials announced four new cases, including three Britons who
recently visited Germany and a German person on holiday in England.
WHO recommends that to avoid food-borne illnesses people wash their
hands before eating or cooking food, separating raw and cooked meat
from other foods, thoroughly cooking food, and washing fruits and
vegetables, especially if eaten raw. Experts also recommend peeling raw
fruits and vegetables if possible.
had earlier this week banned fresh imports from Spain and Germany, but
it expanded the ban Thursday to include the entire EU. The United Arab
Emirates issued a temporary ban on cucumbers from Spain, Germany,
Denmark and the Netherlands.
Voropayeva, spokeswoman for the Russian Agency for the Supervision of
Consumer Rights, told the AP the Russian ban has been imposed
immediately and indefinitely. No fatalities or infections have yet been
reported in Russia.
more lives of European citizens does it take for European officials to
tackle this problem?" the agency's chief Gennady Onishchenko said to
the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.
Vincent, a spokesman for the EU's Health and Consumer Policy
Commissioner John Dalli, said Thursday that the European Commission
would write to Russia to demand further clarification. The Italian
farmers association Coldiretti criticized the ban as "absurd."
expert said the fact the strain is new may have complicated the
response to the outbreak. "Officials may not have had the correct tests
to detect it, which may explain the initial delay in reporting," said
Paul Hunter, a professor of health protection at the University of East
Anglia in England.
He said the
number of new cases would likely slow to a trickle in the next few
days. The incubation period for this type of E. coli is about three to
eight days, and most people recover within 10 days.
have a relatively short shelf life and it's likely the contaminated
food would have been consumed in one to two weeks," Hunter said.
Hunter warned the outbreak could continue if there is secondary
transmission of the disease, which often happens when children are
infected. The disease can be spread when infected people don't take
proper hygiene measures, like bathing or hand washing..
Tarr, a professor of molecular microbiology at Washington University,
said the discovery of a new strain wasn't particularly significant
is a mutant, if you define mutant as an organism that has picked up DNA
from another source," he said. He said more analysis was needed to find
out more about the strain's origins, how long it's been around and its
ability to make people sick.
Spain's prime minister slammed the European Commission and Germany for
early on singling out the country's produce as a possible source of the
outbreak, and said the government would demand explanations and
Rodriguez Zapatero told Spanish National Radio that the German federal
government was ultimately responsible for the allegations, adding that
Spain would seek "conclusive explanations and sufficient reparations."
farmers say the accusations have devastated their credibility and
exports. In Valencia, protesting farmers dumped some 300 kilos (700
pounds) of fruit and vegetables — cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers
and other produce — outside the German consulate.
outbreak is already considered the third-largest involving E. coli in
recent world history, and it may be the deadliest. Twelve people died
in a 1996 Japanese outbreak that reportedly sickened more than 9,000,
and seven died in a 2000 Canadian outbreak.
contributed to this story from Moscow. Associated Press writers Kirsten
Grieshaber in Berlin, Gabriele Steinhauser in Brussels, Ciaran Giles in
Madrid, Karel Janicek in Prague, Adam Schreck in Dubai and AP Medical
Writer Mike Stobbe contributed to this report.
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