More on the German e coli outbreak

In the New York Times today, a story describes the characteristics of the e coli strain that made it so deadly.

“One trait was a toxin, called Shiga, that causes severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and, in some patients, kidney failure. The other is the ability of this strain to gather on the surface of an intestinal wall in a dense pattern that looks like a stack of bricks, possibly enhancing the bacteria’s ability to pump the toxin into the body.”

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