A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) entitled
Multivalent bacterial inhibitor protects against toxins says that a new inhibitor called (s)-PolyBAIT, shows promise in protecting people against the effects of the Shiga toxin which is the form of E-coli which causes hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS).
HUS is a potentially fatal condition which is a result of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 form of the E-coli bacterium. HUS can cause permanent kidney damage and life-long health problems and death. Transmission is often foodborne in undercooked meats, unpasteurized dairy products and juices, and contaminated raw vegetable products including lettuce, sprouts and spinach.
Used with traditional antibiotics, the new inhibitor may be very effective in fighting the most severe of E-coli infections.
We are seeing many new advances in the fight against the E-coli bacteria. This is good news as more than 5,000 people die each year from foodborne illness and many more become seriously ill. The elderly, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems and small children are especially susceptible to the ravages of foodborne illness.
The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in investigating and reviewing claims for serious injuries and illness sustained as a result of food poisoning which could have been prevented. If you, a friend or family member have been diagnosed with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), kidney damage or other serious injury as a result of E-coli food contamination, contact us for a free case evaluation.