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European food outbreak continues to soar
06-02-2011, 03:36 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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The outbreak has hit at least eight European countries but virtually all of the sick people either live in Germany or recently traveled there.
The Robert Koch Institute said 470 people in Germany were suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a number that independent experts called unprecedented in modern medical history. HUS normally occurs in 10 percent of EHEC infections, meaning the number seen in Germany could be expected in an outbreak three times the size being currently reported.
That discrepancy could indicate that a vast number of cases haven’t been reported because their symptoms are relatively mild, medical experts said.
But they also offered another, more disturbing theory — the strain of EHEC causing the outbreak in Europe could be more dangerous than any previously seen.
“There may well be a great number of asymptomatic cases out there that we’re missing. This could be a much bigger outbreak than we realize right now,” said Paul Hunter, a professor of health protection at the University of East Anglia in England. “There might also be something genetically different about this particular strain of E. coli that makes it more virulent.”

http://waystosavingmoney.net/european-fo...y-deepens/

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06-02-2011, 03:42 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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We've been paying extra close attention to where our veggies come from as of late. It's a real concern and seems to be getting worse.

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06-02-2011, 03:53 PM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Yeah worth watching for sure. I hear beer kills e-coli beercheer.gif
06-02-2011, 03:54 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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They say there are no contaminated vegetables imported to Finland but they don't even know the source of the outbreak gaah.gif

E coli outbreak: WHO says bacterium is a new strain

Quote:Hilde Kruse, a food safety expert at the WHO, told the Associated Press it was "a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before ... [its characteristics] make it more virulent and toxin-producing".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun...new-strain

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06-02-2011, 03:55 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(06-02-2011, 03:53 PM)Shadow Wrote:  Yeah worth watching for sure. I hear beer kills e-coli beercheer.gif
beercheer.gif chuckle.gif We're practicing preventative measures as usual.

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06-02-2011, 04:13 PM #6
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Sure worthwhile to have your own garden. And brew your own beer hi5.gif



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