By Sandra Rose  | 

A deadly new E. Coli bacterium that is spreading rapidly through Europe has doctors and scientists stumped.

According to NPR, the new E. Coli strain is so virulent and deadly that it is "very rare" and has never been seen in an outbreak form before.

The new bacterium is similar to the E. Coli strain that doctors have seen in the United States. But the new strain is resistant to most antibiotics and it has a different method of making people ill.

The bacterium causes full-blown haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a condition that results in bloody diarrhea and large volume of blood in urine.

So far, 18 people have died, and 470 people have been sickened in Europe since the World Health Organization (WHO) sounded the alarm on May 20.

The new strain of E. Coli attaches itself to the intestinal walls and releases a deadly toxin that is absorbed through the intestinal walls into the bloodstream.

"What we think happens is the toxins get into the blood stream and injure the blood vessels. And the blood vessels form little clots, and there's impaired blood flow to organs throughout the body," said Dr. Phillip Tarr from Washington University in St. Louis.

This type of serious injury to blood vessels leads to kidney and liver failure, and can cause death. More than half of the people sickened by the new E. Coli require kidney dialysis.

"In almost all cases it's temporary," Dr. Tarr says. "Dialysis lasts a median of about 8 days."

But dialysis doesn't save everybody -- as evidenced by the 18 people who died in Europe in the last 2 weeks.

Surveys of people who got sick found they were more likely to have eaten fresh tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. But tracing fresh vegetables back to the original farm source can be difficult.

Besides that, if the contaminated food is a fresh vegetable, the normal food safety tips won't necessarily protect you.

"Unfortunately these bacteria tend to be sticky and it's difficult to wash them off fresh vegetables," says Tauxe. "And sometimes they're even inside."

Three new cases are suspected in the United States. The CDC is awaiting test results before making that determination. All three people visited Europe within the last two weeks. No deaths have been reported in the U.S. yet.

Photo: AFP

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  • ELove

    @WCC
    :rofl: :rofl:

  • ELove

    On Topic:
    NOTICE How all of the things YT America have TOLD people was Safe & Healthy is all of a sudden THE DIRECT SOURCE For DEATH... Current Items for discussion is FRESH VEGETABLES :coffee:

  • aladyleo

    newbie Been a long time lurker and I finally got in.......and guess what, I know how to work the Gravatar hehehe

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6YnCKsYXEM&feature=player_embedded#at=189 YSoSerious

    It's shyt like this that is gonna end the world; not fire and brimstone raining from the skies.

  • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    aladyleo says:

    newbie Been a long time lurker and I finally got in…….and guess what, I know how to work the Gravatar hehehe
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    :welcome: to the family, friend. Are you in the healthcare field?

  • vero

    This new bacteria is crazy. have people all scared all the way to the caribbean !

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  • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    prima_donna2163 says:

    *newbie* After years of visiting this site I am able to join in on all of the fun!!!! ~Hello all!
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  • WUTWUZMISSIN!

    *Walks around and examine room*

    :think: Sooooo, this is Sandra after dark...

    This is different, I'm so use to getting paid while commenting during the day ala sneakin-on-at-work-while-the-boss-isnt-lookin

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  • WUTWUZMISSIN!

    Um,newbie... you have to be officially initiated during the day... :nono: there will be no sneakin in at night... Please make sure you visit tomorrow around 10 to get your official welcome package from the crew... :coffee: <<really warm Cherry Nyquill..

  • GAGIRL87

    :blink:

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

    Wow! This is scary!

  • http://vimeo.com/17630990 LaTechGrad02

    Good Morning SR Fam

    :sick:

  • Fayla

    :shocked: Wow, so we can't eat meat or veggies w/o getting e coli?? Bread it is then :crying:

  • Fayla

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9YYoN3v6M ALBoy

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9YYoN3v6M ALBoy

    Fayla Both :coffee:

  • http://twitter.com/k_cicero Kezi

    I read this yesterday and couldn't help but think disease's like this are put out there to help with population control as well as to create panic and increase drug sales. Antibiotics and Drugs period are a big money making industry. :shrugs: I hope this ends up being like the bird flu and goes away quickly.

    @Elove Fresh Veggies ARE GOOD!. Pesticides, In proper handling of the product BAD. Maybe someone didn't properly wash their hands after going to the bathroom and then went out and began picking the greens :hurl:

  • http://twitter.com/k_cicero Kezi

    I read this yesterday and couldn't help but think disease's like this are put out there to help with population control as well as to create panic and increase drug sales. Antibiotics and Drugs period are a big money making industry. :shrugs: I hope this ends up being like the bird flu and goes away quickly.

    @Elove Fresh Veggies ARE GOOD!. Pesticides, In proper handling of the product BAD. Maybe someone didn't properly wash their hands after going to the bathroom and then went out and began picking the greens :hurl:

  • Fayla

    :no: they don't mix! :no:

  • Tatted Diva

    YUCK!!!!! This is ridiculous! I'm so over this! First it was milk was being linked to cancer.....NOW THIS!

  • Fayla

    :rofl: @ WCC's jokes!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9YYoN3v6M ALBoy

    @ Kezi I think some how sow of these disease are getting inside the actual food its crazy thoough I do think they are manufactured to increase panic and drug sales :yes:

  • Fayla

    @ TattedDiva :waves:

    ikr! now that lil food pill from the Jetson's is sounding pretty decent n chit

  • Tatted Diva

    G'Morning Fay :bow:
    G'Morning Al....

    @ Fay.....MAYNE! It's crazy as hell out here! i agree w/Al though! I do think they create this shyt, then watch as the drug sales skyrocket. Skyrocket on that Jetson's food pill REALLY DON'T SOUND ALL THAT BAD, BOOBOO!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9YYoN3v6M ALBoy

    @ Fayla that fool said "your eye sight is perfect :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9YYoN3v6M ALBoy

    Morning Tatted how you?

    I couldnt eat that Jetson food pill.I dont like my food to touch :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9YYoN3v6M ALBoy

    Thinking of the Jetsons was I the ony one that thought we would be drinving flying cars by 2000 :no: False advertising

  • Tatted Diva

    ALBoy says:

    Morning Tatted how you?

    I couldnt eat that Jetson food pill.I dont like my food to touch!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Too early, AL! Too early! :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_hqwXZtBVc LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    AL you hate for your food to touch too!

  • Fayla

    Thinking of the Jetsons was I the ony one that thought we would be drinving flying cars by 2000 False advertising
    __________
    :rofl: me 2!! i still think about flying cars today & y we aint got em, esp. when some idjit piss me off dring .5 mph in the fast lane :mad:

    @ Tatted, yeah we r all on the same page with "them" creating these deadly viruses & bacteria :yes:

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  • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    LaTechGrad02 says:

    Good Morning SR Fam

    :sick:
    ___________________

    G'morning. Hope you feel better.

  • https://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Kezi says:

    I read this yesterday and couldn’t help but think disease’s like this are put out there to help with population control as well as to create panic and increase drug sales.
    ___________________

    Nature doesn't need our help to control the population. She uses virus and natural disasters to serve that purpose. :coffee:

  • JinxnJade555

    @WCC HEY GURL :waves:
    :dead: at the jokes, keep em comin. lol

  • http://vimeo.com/17630990 LaTechGrad02

    Thanks Sandra!