Scientists Strike Back at Escherichia coli

The bacterium Escherichia coli is making rounds around the world. The bacteria, previously considered far less harmeless has come under in recent months. To be fair, most of the bacteria is commonly found among humans and animals alike. However, its contact with people with antibacterial resistance can lead to severe illnesses. These include cases of blood poisoning or even resulting in septic shocks.

The recent breakout of these illnesses due to anti-bacterial resistance lead researchers to look a bit closer. The outbreak of E.Coli happens as some people may eat bad case of raw meat or a poor personal hygiene. If one doesn’t wash his hands after visiting a restroom, they are more likely to be at risk from possible infections.

This lead scientists to ask which one is more dangerous as a source of infection. Researchers from University of East Anglia in United Kingdom started this discovery on an unclear note. They were puzzled as the healthy bacteria lives in the intestine of most individuals. But, despite its natural place in human bodies, it has become difficult to treat in recent times. The mortality rates are rising due to the bacteria. Moreover, these new anti-resistant superbugs are largely to blame for the outbreak.

A Breakthrough

Their study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Trusted Source detailed the existence of the bacteria from various food sources. These included animal slurry, beef, salad, fruits. On the other hand, the researchers also collected samples from sewages, feces, bloodstream infections, among others.

The study further received a boost with the help of the NHS. The laboratory of NHS provided these researchers with samples from five different regions in the UK.

The scientists discovered that the virus present in the feces sample was far more dominant than the one found in food supplies. Moreover, this specific bug was ST131. This confirmed a very important hypothesis. It states that poor hygiene is largely responsible for human-to-human transmission of the disease.

The discovery of the specific bacteria also remains a major breakthrough for future insights into infections.

Carol O. Brown

A computer science engineer, Carol O. Brown has always been intrigues by health science. This led her to become a healthcare writer. She is a digital marketing professional with more than three years’ experience.

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