Tagged: Escherichia coli

The veggie-burger disease? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 31, 2011

Escherichia coli, better known as E. coli, is a common inhabitant of the human gut. Most E. coli strains are harmless but a few can cause serious illness and even death. One such group, known as enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) or Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC), cause bloody diarrhoea, and in some people, Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) which … Read More

What makes a bug super? Part II - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 07, 2011

In a recent post about the ‘superbug’ Staphylococcus aureus, I mentioned reading an article in the weekend Herald about a guy who had suffered badly from a series of major infections, including an ESBL superbug bacterium So what is this ESBL superbug? ESBL stands for Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases, a group of enzymes that are able to  deactivate … Read More