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Germany fears more deaths from E coli outbreak

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1500

Health authorities in Germany are concerned about a strain of Escherichia coli which causes a form of haemolytic-uraemic syndrome and which has led to at least seven deaths. The pathogen, called enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli or EHEC, was first detected in 1990 in cows and was identified as a new strain of E coli modified by a bacteriophage virus. The virus causes the E coli to produce a substance that does not affect cattle but in humans may produce symptoms from …

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