Archive for June 2nd, 2011

June 2, 2011

More deaths spreading over Europe as Germany’s drug resistant e.coli outbreak threatens a worldwide disaster – Spanish cucumbers not to blame

[Manuel Barthoso, Public Health Contributor]

A new strain of the e.coli organism is being blamed by scientists for an outbreak which has killed over 20 and hospitalised more than 2000 people in Germany and Europe over the past few days.  Furthermore, the organism thought to be the culprit, has been found to be drug-resistant by Chinese and German scientists according to News24 and the Telegraph.

However, no one really knows what is responsible for the outbreak which seems to be getting worse by the day with Germany, where the outbreak appears to have started, being the hardest hit country.

What is clear is that that the infection is caused by eating bad food. But which foods are affected and how to clean food before consumption to clear the organism at the moment are wild guessing games by baffled scientists. In the meantime, more people in Germany and Europe are falling ill, some fatally.

The are rumours that the organism is a result of genetically modified food production and also the horrific contamination of the sea by the ongoing Fukushima disaster which has affected the fish worldwide.

The Beijing Genomics Institute, which has been working on a solution for the outbreak has said that the organism: “contains several genes that were resistant to antibiotics”.

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June 2, 2011

Parading Queen’s horse killed in front of horrified crowd

[Sandra Higgs, UK News Contributor]

MailOnline: Murphy, one of the Queen’s horses passed away as a result of a horrible accident when he took part in the Royal Gun Salute  today which happens yearly in Britain to celebrate the crowning of the Queen.

The incident occurred today when King’s Troop‘s soldiers were parading when Murphy stumbled whilst running and his legs got caught up in the wheels of one of the carriages on parade. As a result poor Murphy was dragged on the ground for several meters and sustained injuries so severe that he had to be disposed of immediately by lethal injection by a vet who was called to the scene of the incident, with the event’s terrified crowd looking on.

The Queen has made no comment thus far upon Murphy’s demise and it is not known whether a police enquiry will take place as result of the incident.

Murphy was a popular and good-natured horse and it seems, will be sadly missed by his colleagues in the Kings Troops.