Science & Technology: Escherichia coli: Friend or Foe?

| 01 September 2011

This year's deadly outbreak of Escherichia coli infection in Europe has been linked to contaminated bean and seed sprouts from an organic farm in Germany. At the time of this article, there were 42 deaths and approximately 3,900 individuals infected with the rare and super-toxic 0104:H4 strain of the bacteria. More than 780 people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.1


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