Research to Cut Deaths from E.coli; Brum Scientists Get Pounds 445,000
Collins, Tony, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)
SCIENTISTS in Birmingham have been awarded nearly half a million pounds in a bid to reduce the number of deaths from the killer E.coli bacteria.
The Wellcome Trust charity has awarded a pounds 445,184 grant to researchers at the University of Birmingham Medical School.
They will be using the latest high power microscopes to explore cells in the human body for signs of the deadly E.coli 0157 strain.
An outbreak of E.coli 0157 in 1996 claimed the lives of 18 people in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The strain also resulted in the death of Birmingham schoolgirl Heather Preen following a family holiday in south Devon last summer.
A verdict of death by misadventure was recently recorded on Heather, of Kendal Rise Road, Rednal.
Senior university researcher Dr Stuart Knutton said E.coli was normally a harmless bacteria. However, a few strains, including 0157, "have acquired the ability to cause disease and sometimes death".
Dr Knutton said the bacteria did this by attaching themselves to the lining of the gut and growing to large numbers. …