A highly virulent clone of Enter hemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) 026 has emerged in Europe, according to new research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. A 17-member team led by corresponding author Dr. Martina Bielaszewska at the Institute for Hygiene in Munster, Germany published the research in the subscriber-only journal. The researchers say a Shiga-toxin encoding gene is now emerging in the E. coli O26:H11/H that is often associated with causing the kidney-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). “The traits and virulence of the latter set of strains are unknown,” they wrote. “ We correlated six genotypes of 272 EHEC O26 strains
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