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Scientists wonder if E. coli outbreaks are increasing

May 26, 2000
Web posted at: 11:08 p.m. EDT (0308 GMT)

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VideoMedical Correspondent Holly Firfer explains why the history of E. coli infection is difficult to trace.
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ATLANTA (CNN) -- Although the sometimes deadly E. coli strain of bacteria is relatively new to scientists, it may have been around for centuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers at the CDC have been trying to determine if E. coli outbreaks are increasing, and if so, why. But as Correspondent Holly Firfer reports, answering that question might be difficult for such a newly discovered bacteria.



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