Escherichia Coli is a bacteria that normally resides in the intestines of human beings as well as those of healthy animals. The bacterium is normally harmless although some few strains have been reported as being pathogenic when they spread in the blood or the urine. Enterohemorrhagic E.coli strains are capable of producing toxins known as Shiga toxins and have acquired characteristics that enable them to attach themselves to intestinal lining.

Some examples include 0121, 011, 026 with the most common being 1057:H7. E.coli 0104:H4 is a rare strain of Enterohemorrhagic E.coli (EHEC) that was recently discovered and identified as the cause of a major outbreak in Germany and other European countries in May, 2011 ( Nettleman, 2011). The following essay discusses about the rare E.coli strain and the recent outbreak that occurred in Germany and other European countries.

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