Category Archives: Outbreaks

The first case of a Brucella canis infection of a dog in Sweden

Samples from a bitch which gave birth to stillborn pups were analyzed during the summer 2011 at the Department of Bacteriology of the National Veterinary Institute (SVA) in Uppsala. Brucellosis caused by Brucella canis was suspected and  the isolate was, … Continue reading

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Was the recent outbreak of VTEC O104 infections in Europe caused by EHEC?

The recent outbreak of VTEC  (verotoxin producing E. coli) O104 infections in Europe, leading in some cases to the serious complication HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), was first suspected to be caused by consumption of vegetables contaminated by Escherichia coli of … Continue reading

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Escherichia coli, EHEC and HUS

Today it was written in Svenska Dagbladet (a daily journal in Sweden) that “A new bacterium transmitts ehec”. It is unfortunately a very common mistake among Swedish journalists to confuse the bacterium with the disease. Correctly, it should have been … Continue reading

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