03 Jun '11, 8pm

A deadly strain of antibiotic-resistant E coli has spread from Germany to 10 countries... and counting.

A deadly strain of antibiotic-resistant E coli has spread from Germany to 10 countries... and counting.

A strain of E coli spreading across Europe is a previously unseen and more virulent variant of the bacterium, health officials have said. So far 18 people have died and more than 2,000 have become infected from eating contaminated vegetables. The bacterial outbreak had spread beyond Germany to 10 countries. After scientists sequenced the genetic code of the E coli , Hilde Kruse, a food safety expert at the World Health Organisation told the Associated Press: "This is a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before … [there are] various characteristics that make it more virulent and toxin producing." Scientists also said that the new strain appeared likely to be resistant to common antibiotics . Stephen Smith, a clinical microbiologist at Trinity College, Dublin, said the new E coli strain was a "mongrel" combining two "nasty" types of the bacterium. He sa...

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