May 2011

The current EHEC O104:H4, causing a severe outbreak in Germany (May 2011), is microbiologically characterized as follows (1) (27.5.2011; updated 30.5.2011):

Shigatoxin 1: – (negative), Shigatoxin 2 (vtx2a): + (positive), Intimin (eae): – (negative), Enterohemolysin: – (negative)

EaggEC Virulence plasmid:  –   aatA-PCR: + (positive),  –   aggR-PCR: + (positive),  –   aap-PCR: + (positive)

MLST Sequence Type: 

According to UAE News Reports, the Dubai Court of Appeal stiffened the sentence against the doctor, restaurant cook and supervisor and the restaurant, all of whom were convicted guilty for causing the death of D’Souza’s two children. Five-year-old Nathan D’Souza and his seven-year-old sister, Chelsea, died of food poisoning in 2009. The Appeal Court

ChicksDucks.JPGCDC is collaborating with public health and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) to investigate a multistate outbreak of human Salmonella serotype Altona infections. As of May 25, 2011, a total of 25 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Altona have been