Flesh-eating disease in dogs is on the rise

Veterinarians are warning pet owners to keep an eye out for a flesh-eating bacterial infection, known as Alabama Rot, which has killed several dogs in the last two months.

Originally spotted in greyhounds in the U.S. in the 1980s, Alabama Rot is caused by E. coli bacteria excreting toxins — causing skin lesions and ulcers […]

Study shows genes can predict who will get sick… and who won’t

Have you ever wondered why when a child comes home from school with a stomach bug that threatens to sideline the whole family, some members of the family get sick while others go unscathed? Well, according to a Duke Health study a person’s resistance to certain germs, specifically E. coli bacteria, could come down […]

E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria

E. coli

It has long been somewhat of a mystery why some people get extremely sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Researchers from Penn State University recently concluded a four-year study on this matter and believe […]

Study: Proteins from GM plants capable of reducing E.coli in food

A new study is showing that proteins known as colicins, which are produced by genetically modified plants, can be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill harmful E. coli bacteria.

Recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and lettuce […]

Bottled water recall; E. coli testing expected to increase

A new report has found the global market for E. coli testing is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2022, up from $1.2 billion in 2013. Researchers from the study say this growth will be in part to major federal efforts to combat more foodborne illness in the U.S. via the Food Safety Modernization Act […]