A new e.coli spreading worldwide with deadly consequences

E.coli is a known bacteria that can have some pretty serious consequences to our health but there is a brand new strain starting to make the rounds that is downright deadly.

This new strain of E.coli produces what is called a Shiga toxin and it can cause people infected with it to suffer what is called acute renal failure, or in more plain language it causes your kidneys to shut down. So far this E.coli strain has infected 1,800 people across 12 countries resulting in 17 deaths in Europe.

Countries reporting incidents include:

  • Germany (first report)
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Britain
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • United States

The current strain produces a toxin that causes infection in the various parts of the gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines) system, extending into the hepato-renal (liver and kidney) system. The HUS is characterized by renal failure, aneaemia, andthrombocytopenia (low platelet count), reports WHO. Symptoms are gastrointestinal in nature, mostly severe bloody diarrhoea, but without fever.

Currently, there is no cure for the bacteria. WHO says that this strain this strain of E coli “is a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before”. It may also be more virulent than many other isolated strains.

via Techie Buzz

While the UN World Health Organization isn’t pressing any panic buttons yet they are very concerned over the rapid spread of the bacteria.