Prepare Your Lab for the EHEC Outbreak
Several European countries are facing an unprecedented outbreak of a new strain of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC).
The University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf and BGI-Shenzhen in Beijing have successfully sequenced the strain, identifying it as a new serotype: E. coli O104:H4. Like many pathogenic strains of E. coli, O104:H4 produces verotoxins, also called Shiga toxins, which cause severe gastro-intestinal symptoms, as well as the life-threatening hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). Rapid and reliable testing for verotoxin-producing E. coli is crucial during an outbreak of this nature.
QIAGEN's mericon VTEC assay safely detects all verotoxin-producing E. coli strains.
Source : QIAGEN (Food safety testing applications) [Germany]
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Posted on June 9, 2011