Mineral quashes deadly bacterial poisons

Mineral quashes deadly bacterial poisons

In animals, manganese shows promise fighting a hemorrhagic E. coli toxin

By Janet Raloff, 11:36 AM January 20, 2012

A simple mineral supplement — manganese — holds promise as the first successful treatment for hemorrhage-inducing infections caused by some food- and waterborne germs. The mineral helps detoxify Shiga toxin, which is produced by a host of bacteria, including the type of E. coli that killed scores and sickened more than 3,700 people in Europe last year.

The new work, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, appears in the Jan. 20 Science.

Although the data are preliminary...

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