Archives for June, 2011

Via H5N1, German officials are calling it for sprouts: Germany on Friday blamed sprouts for a bacteria outbreak that has left at least 30 dead and some 3,000 ill, and cost farmers across Europe hundreds of millions in lost sales. “It’s the sprouts,” Reinhard Burger, the president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s national disease…

Maryn McKenna has a great update today on the E. coli situation, looking at where we are as far as unanswered questions about the outbreak and the strain. It’s been a messy day; more evidence seems to point to the sprout farm, but CIDRAP also notes that another contaminated cucumber was found in the compost…

Well, Sunday the said we’d have some results on the sprout tests for E. coli O104:H4. Well, so far the results are negative. The 1st tests from a north German farm suspected of being the source of an _E. coli_ [O104:H4] outbreak are negative, officials say. Of 40 samples from the farm being examined, they…

The E. coli story is moving quickly. A news report out today suggests that sprouts might be the culprit (though it should be emphasized that the outbreak strain hasn’t been isolated from these vegetables yet): Mr Lindemann said epidemiological studies all seemed to point to the plant nursery in Uelzen in the state of Lower…

Mike has has a great new post up looking at some molecular analyses of the current European outbreak strain. For anyone who hasn’t been paying close attention to what’s happening across the pond, there’s an ongoing outbreak of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC)–the type of E. coli that includes O157:H7, which has been associated with outbreaks…

When is MRSA not MRSA?

…when it contains a weird gene conferring methicillin resistance that many tests miss. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a big issue in the past 15 years or so, as it turned up outside of its old haunts (typically hospitals and other medical facilities) and started causing infections–sometimes very serious–in people who haven’t been in…

Bubonic Plague in America

At the new blog Puff the Mutant Dragon, there’s a great pair of posts looking at the history of plague, with a focus on outbreaks that have occurred here in the US. Bubonic Plague in America, Part I: LA Outbreak Bubonic Plague in America, Part II: Undercover Science I’ll also link them in my Black…