Europe E.coli is new toxic strain, trade row grows

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A new and highly infectious strain of E.coli bacteria is causing a deadly outbreak of food poisoning that is emanating from Germany across Europe, scientists said on Thursday, raising concerns for authorities around the world. Chinese experts, part of an international network of laboratories trying to understand the outbreak which claimed its 17th mortality overnight, said they had discovered the bug carried genes that made it resistant to several classes of antibiotics.

The U.N. claimed the strain had not infected people before.

With more than 1,500 people already ill in one of the worst recorded outbreaks of E.coli, Russia provoked international trade row by banning imports from the European Union of raw vegetables, thought to be the likely source of infection.