E-coli deaths across Europe were not caused by Spanish cucumbers after all

By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog

LONDON — Cases of E. coli-related illness are springing up around Europe, particularly in northern Germany, causing 16 deaths so far and infecting more than 1,000 people, according to the Guardian.

The bacteria are commonly linked to raw or undercooked meat or to unwashed vegetables and fruit. Cucumbers imported into Germany from Spain had initially been blamed for this outbreak, but new evidence suggested that isn’t the case.

The deaths have been attributed to hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which can occur after infection with some especially virulent strains of E. coli. The World Health Organization has warned countries about the severity of the condition, one of the more dangerous complications of E. coli poisoning.

Meanwhile, European health and agriculture authorities are closely monitoring their raw food stocks, the Daily Mail reported. Extra care is being urged in the handling of raw salads and fruit, particularly if they are imported. A question-and-answer from the BBC offers some details….”

Read the whole thing on the L.A. Times

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4 responses to “E-coli deaths across Europe were not caused by Spanish cucumbers after all

  1. tal

    What most of these articles fail to point out is that hemolytic-uremic syndrome is largely caused by the antibiotics used to treat the initial infection.

    Escherichia coli O157:H7 emits a toxin on death and the massive toxic release after antibiotic treatment is generally the cause of kidney failure and subsequent death of those so afflicted and treated.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10874060

    Also rarely mentioned is that e.coli 0157:H7 was created through the mass feeding of antibiotics to livestock. The EU has banned this practice and has refused to import US beef for years because of its antibiotic contamination.

    So the question is: Is this a new form of industrial sabotage? I’m not the only one who noticed the proximity of this outbreak to Merkel’s announced phasing-out of nuclear power.

    Inquiring minds want to know…..

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