E. coli Still Continues Attack Europe

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Health & Insurance----Since being attacked by the outbreak of E. coli (the first time in Germany), a great loss has befallen a number of countries in Europe. Spanish farmers suffer losses of hundreds of million euros due to cucumber alleged that they produce the deadly bacteria spreading. 

Although until now could not be ascertained that the cucumber is the cause of the spread of the bacteria E. coli in a number of countries in Europe.  

To this day (Friday / June 3, 2011) has recorded 17 people died in Germany and one people died in Sweden. 1064 recorded 470 cases of bloody diarrhea and potentially develop complications in the blood and the kidneys that can cause death. 

World Health Organization (WHO) said the deadly food poisoning outbreak in Germany caused by E. coli bacteria that have never known before. WHO said the new bacterium appears to be a descendant of two different bacteria. 

"This strain has never been detected in an outbreak situation before," said WHO spokeswoman, Aphaluck Bhatiasevi. 

Based on initial genetic analysis of known that this bacterium is unique.

Dr Paul Wigley, expert food-related illnesses at the University of Liverpool, England also believes this time the new E.coli. 

"One bad bacteria seem to get the bad toxins from other bacteria that produce bacterial worse," said Dr. Wigley. 

Several cases of infection due to contaminated cucumber reportedly also hit residents in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and England. Those who fell ill were allegedly recently visited Germany. 

According to authorities in the city of Hamburg, northern Germany, the latest test results show that the cucumbers are imported from Spain was probably not the cause of the crisis that also has made hundreds of people fell ill. 

Test results on two cucumbers, proving that the cucumber was indeed contain harmful bacteria E. coli, but not from strains of E. coli that has caused the death of 17 people in Germany and 1 in Sweden. 

"The source is still unidentified," said health officials Hamburg, Cornelia Pruefer-Storcks at a press conference. 

"Of the four cucumber that we have been able to confirm the presence of pathogens EHEC, we have found - two of them - that the cucumber contains pathogens EHEC, but not the strain responsible for the development of this difficult time," he said as quoted by news agency AFP, Wednesday (06/01/2011). 

He added that two other types of cucumbers this time still being analyzed. 

Previously, German Health Minister Daniel Bahr indicate the source of infection is still active. To the media, Bahr said the are working on how to resolve this case. 

National disease control centers of Germany, Robert Koch Institute advised not to consume raw cucumber, tomato and lettuce. "Especially if the vegetables are purchased from Germany to the north," he said. 

Three people in the U.S., who traveled recently in Germany, suspected of having hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS, a clinical syndrome characterized renal failure and anemia, and can be fatal. 

Researchers at the Beijing Genomics Institute in China, describes an outbreak of E.coli bacteria that is only an "extremely infectious and toxic." 

A scientist from the University of Munster, Helge Karch, warning the spread of infection has not ended. It may also be secondary infections during this deployment, "said Karch. 

"Secondary infection from human to human progress, and it can be avoided. That is why we must do everything possible be done to improve personal hygiene, he added.

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