A deadly outbreak of E.coli linked to contaminated cucumbers is spreading in Europe, as the bacteria has killed 17 Germans and one Swede and infected over 2,000 people in 12 European countries. Chinese scientists who have fully sequenced the genome of the new E. Coli spreading through Europe said Saturday they found genes in the bacteria that gave it resistance to eight classes of antibiotics.

    So far, the sources for the disease are still unclear, plunging Europe into a tainted cucumber scare. This incident indicates again that the food security problem bears on everybody's health, posing a conundrum for the world.

    The epidemic caused by the deadly E. coli bacteria, which was first identified in Germany last week, has killed 17 Germans and one Swede and infected over 2,000 people in 12 European countries.  The number of people suffering from serious hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) due to the infection has reached 470 in Germany.

  

    "Bioinformatics analysis revealed that this E. coli is a new strain of bacteria that is highly infectious and toxic,"  the Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen (BGI-Shenzhen) said in the report, adding that the bacterium is an EHEC serotype O104 E. coli strain, which has never been involved in any E. coli outbreaks before.

    German authorities had initially suspected cucumbers imported from Spain as one possible source of the E. coli outbreak, but German laboratory tests on Tuesday ruled out Spanish cucumbers as the source.

 

    Germany's national disease center, the Robert Koch Institute, suggested people avoid eating raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce for a while. It was the second food scare for European consumers this year. In January, highly toxic dioxin was found in eggs, poultry and pork products across Germany.

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Editor: Lu Hui