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New, Killer Strain of E. Coli Crops Up in Europe

Posted on Jun 2, 2011
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E. coli bacteria are seen under a microscope.

Here’s a reason to postpone travel plans to Germany: A new kind of E. coli bacterium has been discovered and has already killed 18 people and infected more than 1,500, according to the BBC.


The World Health Organization said the variant had “never been seen in an outbreak situation before.”

Scientists at the Beijing Genomics Institute in China are also reported as saying the new form was “highly infectious and toxic”.

The Health Protection Agency said it was likely to be a new variant of the rare strain O104 - possibly with a newly acquired ability to infect large numbers of people.

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By drbhelthi, June 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Simply amazing, that the Robert Koch Institute has informed scientists in the U.S.A. with details.  Why have German citizens not been equally well-informed?

While farmers´ crops, incomes and influence are tossed into the waste, big government can introduce legislation to further suppress the influence of citizens, introducing Monsanto-type-ruination to European health, via EU legislation. 
Wake up, German folk and European folk, and prevent this from happening !!!

Excerpted from Natural News:
This particular e.coli variation is a member of the O104 strain, and O104 strains are almost never (normally) resistant to antibiotics. So if you’re curious about the origins of such a strain, you can essentially reverse engineer the genetic code of the e.coli and determine fairly accurately which antibiotics it was exposed to during its development.

The genetic code reveals the history:
When scientists at Germany’s Robert Koch Institute decoded the genetic makeup of the O104 strain, they found it to be resistant to all the following classes and combinations of antibiotics:

=E2=80=A2 penicillins
=E2=80=A2 tetracycline
=E2=80=A2 nalidixic acid
=E2=80=A2 trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazol
=E2=80=A2 cephalosporins
=E2=80=A2 amoxicillin / clavulanic acid
=E2=80=A2 piperacillin-sulbactam
=E2=80=A2 piperacillin-tazobactam

In addition, this O104 strain posses an ability to produce special enzymes that give it what might be called bacteria superpowers, known technically as ESBLs:  Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs) are enzymes that can be produced by bacteria making them resistant to cephalosporins e.g. cefuroxime, cefotaxime and ceftazidime - which are the most widely used antibiotics in many hospitals, explains the Health Protection Agency in the UK

On top of that, this O104 strain possesses two genes—TEM-1 and CTX-M-15—that have been making doctors shudder since the 1990s, reports The Guardian (

So how, exactly, does a bacterial strain come into existence that’s resistant to over a dozen antibiotics in eight different drug classes and features two deadly gene mutations plus ESBL enzyme capabilities?

There’s really only one way this happens (and only one way) - you have to expose this strain of e.coli to all eight classes of antibiotics drugs. You first expose it to penicillin and find the surviving colonies which are resistant to penicillin. You then take those surviving colonies and expose them to tetracycline. The surviving colonies are now resistant to both penicillin and tetracycline. You then expose them to a sulfa drug and collect the surviving colonies from that, and so on. It is a process of genetic selection done in a laboratory with a desired outcome. This is essentially how some bioweapons are engineered by the U.S. Army in its laboratory facility in Ft. Detrick, Md. 

Any media or physician or scientist-type who says this is a natural mutation is a shill of whichever organization developed this 8-antibiotic-resistant strain of eColi.

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By drbhelthi, June 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

Regardless of which biowarfare lab developed this
special strain, it can be hindered by taking in large
doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin D, until the threat has
passed. You may need to take these vitamins for a few
weeks. Depends on how much was turned loose, and how
many locations.

Once infected with this biowarfare invention, you can
kill it with the Dr. Bob Beck “zapper”, when used as
instructed.  Search on the word combination “Dr. Bob
Beck zapper”.

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By drbhelthi, June 4, 2011 at 1:48 am Link to this comment

@ Rico

No, I am not killing you. You engender your own emotional response. I do not.
However defrauding or naive your response may be, you still own it.

Accurate, inside information is termed as hilarious- and numerous other
labels - by shills of C.I.A. disinformation, on-line zionist agents and a few folk who still believe, “our government wouldn´t do that to us - - “.
After the fraud of 9-11, no genuine airline pilot is so naive. 
Which, leaves only one other category.

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By Observer, June 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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By drbhelthi,

There is plenty of evidence that some ” new kind of E. coli bacterium ”  must have entered your > pea-size (No)-brain < which would explain being such a DumAss.

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By rico, suave, June 3, 2011 at 4:09 am Link to this comment

Dr B:

Stop- yer killin’ me! You’re so hilarious!

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By drbhelthi, June 3, 2011 at 1:09 am Link to this comment

Blaming cucumbers from Spain was a neat cover-up, initially.

However,a basic question would be, did this NEW, KILLER STRAIN OF E. COLI
come from the USArmy lab in New Jersey, rather than the cucumber fields
of Spain?  If so, how did USGOV officials decide to test the alleged,
NEW, KILLER STRAIN OF E. COLI on the residents of Hamburg, Germany? 

Was the German government involved in the decision-making process? 

Or, was this NEW, KILLER STRAIN OF E. COLI developed by Dr. Josef Mengele
types who have returned to the BRD ? (or, who never departed)

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By grokker, June 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

What a wonderful species the human is. You try to improve your diet, perhaps become a vegetarian and your vegetables become tainted with fecal matter from factory cattle farms that dump rivers full of cow dung into local water supplies. I’ve heard that trains transporting veggies in Europe frequently carry refugees seeking to avoid border crossings. These people leave excrement and urine in the trains. The only cure is increased policing of these sources of contamination, but we know that’s not going to happen because that will cut too far into the bottom line. So more virulent strains of these pathogens will continue to appear, and we will die off in large numbers, which will make at least one class segment of the population happy.

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