Posts tagged ‘Robert Koch Institute’

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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May 31, 2011

“Not our vegetables to blame, its German food!”, Spain says after accusations from Germany that its vegetables caused the country’s deadly e.coli outbreak

[Peter Skelps, Epidemics Contributor]

BBC News: Spain is furious with the Germans for passing the buck to it for Germany‘s recent bad food outbreak which is making thousands seriously ill and so far has killed around 20 over Germany.

Angry Manuel Jose, a Spanish tourist in Hamburg, told iTOD Daily news contributor, Peter Skelps: “It’s nothing to do with Spain and Spanish food. It’s just a big cover up by the Germans to hide their own bad food. Bad food poisoning in Germany has always been a time bomb. Go to any fast food place, or cafe – they all touch money and everything with their hands and then handle your food with the same hands. Restaurant attendants and kitchen hands there even go to the bathroom and handle your food after without washing their hands. It’s them to blame, not us and it’s certainly nothing to do with our cucumbers.

He went on to say: “So they are bothered about 20 deaths…what about the 140,000 Germans that die each and every year directly from smoking tobacco in Germany. Instead of continuing to encourage Germans to smoke, shouldn’t they  stop trying to kill them all?”

Spain’s agricultural minister has said that Germany has no reliable data to link the poisoning to Spanish vegetables.  This view has since been echoed by a number of German officials who have expressed mixed views concerning the matter.

The outbreak has killed around fifteen Germans and one Swedish woman who died after eating German food.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which is Germany’s national disease institute, has confirmed that since the outbreak, which appears to be worsening, over 1,150 people in  Germany have been contaminated by enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (‘EHEC‘) which in turn has led to Haemolytic-uraemic Syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney problems and can kill. Germany has 373 cases of HUS currently.