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Deadly superbug infecting farms

5th November 2007

New statistics show that ESBL E coli - a potentially deadly bug - has been discovered on 32 farms in the UK.

If humans are infected by the bug it can cause blood poisoning and urinary infections. 30,000 cases are reported every year, and hundreds of people have died of the infection since 2002.

Scientists will make public details of the report on 5 November. Dr Georgina Duckworth, who has previously written a report on E coli for the agency, said: 'The findings show evidence of people carrying these bacteria in their gut."

"If this is found to be commonplace in the general population this may point towards the food chain being a potential source."





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