Chinese agency says European E. coli is new strain; Russia sets ban
June 2nd, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Chinese agency says European E. coli is new strain; Russia sets ban

Russia has announced a ban on fresh vegetable imports from the European Union in the wake of a deadly outbreak from a possibly new E. coli strain that has swept across parts of Europe.

It was a Chinese research institute blamed the outbreak on a new E. coli strain, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the strain has been seen before.

Scientists at the Beijing Genomic Institute said the outbreak of infection in Germany is caused by a new "super-toxic" E. coli strain.

The CDC said the strain is very rare and added that while it is not aware of any cases reported in the United States, it is aware of a few reports of the strain from other countries. Britain's Health Protection Agency has said that the strain suspected in the outbreak is "rare" and "seldom seen in the UK."

The outbreak is responsible for 15 deaths in Germany and one in Sweden, according to the World Health Organization, and has sickened more than 1,000 people in at least 10 countries.

Russia imposed the vegetable ban, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday, because "no one wants to get sick. It is a natural protective measure taken in response to events that are happening in Europe today."

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  1. Anthony's Case Posts

    so basically is everyones fault but hers… because” I was molested by my father , because the other people hid the body, because my brother molested me too” and the list goes on .. really?? little to late to come up with all those “facts” dont you think that the time to do it was at the beginning of all this ??? even if it was true her multiple lies and lack of credibility , he lack of emotion and concern, even if she knew her daughter was dead, no remorse no soul expression durin in the entire process and suddenly the water works for the jury… c’mon!

    June 2, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    Another case where a child should have been put up for adoption but wasn’t. When will people wake up and start using this overlooked option?

    June 2, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony's Case Posts

    Casey, in my opinion, is a classic textbook example of a psychopath. She shows no remorse and is more that happy to blame anyone and everyone for her crime!

    June 2, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    What does that have to do with this article?

    June 2, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. jim

    Germany dumps all their human waste onto their crops, then they are surprised about an e coli outbreak. What's surprising is that it didn't happen sooner.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Drink beer, eat less veggies for 30 days.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. U-Turn

    Mmm...I am hungry now. That picture reminds me of Captain Crunch berries.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. JT

    If you wash your food off, what are you worried about? It's not like the bacteria lives inside the food, it's just on the surface. It comes from the ground, which has millions to billions of viruses and bacteria per cubic inch...

    June 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dodad

    I have some questions... when did this particular breed of E coli come into the picture? Is it possible it comes from the genetically altered plants? My understanding is that a form of E coli is used to cause outer cell wall weakness so that a gene from a different species can be inserted into the cell for bio genetic alterations. Hmmm?
    Is it possible that the E coli has mutated and is now able to continue to spread genetically from cell to plant?
    The Asian population does not eat vegetables without cooking them first. This has been their safety measure for centuries. Maybe all should be cooked since we in the states are required to eat more whole grains, which are fattening, and we so like the idea of a cold stomach turns to think they may be contaminated by human waste or anything bio diverse by man. Did you know the USA doesn't require labeling of GM products and that we allow companies to alter and register plant products as their own? In turn these products can jump to your crops and then be considered the property of the designing company and you can be held liable for theft and use of a product use without owners permission? This has taken place across America and now spreading world wide from seed and product sales and acts of GOD, so to speak. I suggest further testing is needed? We need to stop GMing NOW!

    June 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    Some strains of E coli can not be washed off.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    And actually the bacteria can get inside the food according to scientific studies.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jim

    @dodad It's probably a strain that became immune to anti bacterial drugs one of the so called"superbugs" if you prefer.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dodad

    Lets see...the manufacture of the genetic altered cells IS IN GERMANY!!!
    In molecular biology, transformation refers to a form of genetic exchange in which the genetic material carried by an individual cell is altered by incorporation of foreign (exogenous) DNA. This foreign DNA may be derived from unrelated species and even other kingdoms, such as bacteria, fungi, plants or animals, which would otherwise be inaccessible to an organism.

    Bacteria and yeast have been transformed with human genes to produce proteins that are useful in treating human diseases and disorders e.g. the production of insulin. Some bacteria have been modified such that they are able to digest oil from accidental spills. Bacteria are single-celled organisms that can easily pass information between one another and thus changes in genetic make-up are rapidly passed on to subsequent generations.

    Transformation is usually more difficult with multicellular organisms, such as plants, in which it is necessary to either alter many cells with the new piece of DNA or to alter just a single cell and then induce it to produce a whole new plant.

    Genetic transformation of plants and other organisms does occur naturally. Bacteria and viruses can move DNA (or RNA) into an organism and cause profound changes. Examples are Agrobacterium tumefaciens (for plants) and HIV (for Humans).

    The bacterium you will be transforming, E.coli, lives in the human gut and is a relatively simple and well understood organism. Its genetic material consists mostly of one large circle of DNA 4-5 million base pairs (mbp) in length, with small loops of DNA called plasmids, usually ranging from 5,000-10,000 base pairs in length, present in the cytoplasm. It is these plasmids that bacteria can transfer back and forth, allowing them to share genes among one another and thus to naturally adapt to new environments.

    The ability of bacteria to maintain these plasmids and replicate them during normal cell multiplication is the basis of cell transformation. The plasmids are used as “gene taxis” in transformation events to bring DNA of interest into the cell where it can integrate into the genome or remain as a plasmid within a bacterium and be translated into proteins not normally found in that organism.

    In this experiment, green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the bioluminescent jellyfish Aequorea victoria has been incorporated into a plasmid along with a gene for resistance to the antibiotic ampicillin. The GFP is actually located in discrete spots around the bell margin of the jellyfish and will fluoresce under certain conditions When inserted into a plasmid and used for the transformation procedure, the transformed bacteria will express their newly acquired jellyfish gene and produce the fluorescent protein, which causes them to glow green under ultraviolet light. The mutant form of GFP used in pGREEN makes the bacteria a yellow-green color even in white light.

    This plasmid contains an ampicillin-resistance gene in addition to the GFP gene. Ampicillin is an antibiotic and works by preventing E.coli from constructing cell walls, thereby killing the bacteria. When the ampicillin-resistance gene is present, it directs the production of an enzyme that blocks the action of the ampicillin, and the bacteria are able to survive. Bacteria without the plasmid and, hence, the resistance gene are unable to grow on a plate containing ampicillin in the medium, and only the transformants will survive.
    Questionable activity to be using without worry of contamination of plant species. once this has been created to use in plant alterations it now becomes cellular and can continue in plant seed production without knowing the full extent of the changes. This in turn is how we see new strains of resistant e coli, as well other effects unknown. This has been a problem with Monsanto and know they own most seed production and warehouse storage of plant seeds around the world. We don't want them here but I am sure they are loose on the world now!

    June 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dodad
    Here is a good article showing the crap they have already loosed on the world.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dodad
    If you do not believe transfer can happen ...READ THIS!

    June 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
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