on the E.coli outbreak plaguing Europe at the moment. LONDON (AP) -- An entirely new super-toxic bug is causing the frightening food poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 1,600 people and killed 18, researchers and global health officials said Thursday. The DNA of the new E. coli strain, believed to have contaminated salad vegetables, was analyzed by Chinese and German scientists. It contains several genes that cause antibiotic resistance and is similar to a strain that causes serious diarrhea and is found in the Central African Republic, according to a statement from the Shenzhen, China-based laboratory, BGI. Those scientists were working together with the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Goto: News from The Associated Press (me again) Hope this is a natural mutation and not some new "weaponized" bacterium. But even if it is natural, it might very well be natures response to the overuse of antibiotics which has been traced to the those infections which are "resistant" to most of our standard antibiotics.