E. Coli-sprouts Link?
June 11, 2011 by staff
E. Coli-sprouts Link?, Sprouts grown in Germany are the likely source of an outbreak of E. coli that has killed 22 people, authorities said Sunday. Gert Lindemann, Minister of Agriculture of Lower Saxony, said there was a “direct link” between companies in the city of Bienenbuettel and “these people sick.” The company has closed and its products have been recalled, said Lindemann. It is unclear how the strain of E. may have entered coli outbreak, officials said. Outbreaks are raised in large drums. No E. coli was found in the company. Authorities say the infection may have occurred long ago to be found in the company. However, several restaurants and cafes linked to the outbreak stems from the company, officials said.
Two farm workers, who were not identified, arrived with severe diarrhea, at least one of these cases, E. coli was the cause, said Lindemann. Bienenbuettel is located in the district of Uelzen in northern Germany. The outbreak of a virulent strain of E. coli has infected more than 2,200 people in at least 12 countries, European health authorities said Sunday. All but one of the 22 fatalities was recorded in Germany, where officials say it is too early to determine if the peak of the outbreak has passed. One person also died in Sweden after visiting Germany.
Last week, Spain vehemently rejected suggestions that his cucumbers could be blamed, after the European Food Safety Alert Network, said E. coli was found in organic cucumbers from Spain, packed in Germany and distributed to various countries.
In Germany, there have been 627 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) – a form of kidney failure – in the current European outbreak, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. That’s more cases of HUS outbreak elsewhere in the world.
Fifteen patients in Germany have died of HUS, the center, while six died from E. coli, a strain that causes bleeding in the intestine and can lead to abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea.
Reports indicate that an estimated 1,605 people have this strain of E. coli so far, but do not have hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the center.
Infections have also been identified in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, according to the organization.
Two women and a man who traveled last month to the north of Germany remain hospitalized in the United States with HUS, Chris Braden of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. A fourth person developed bloody diarrhea, but was not hospitalized, he said.
Two members of U.S. military service Germany also had diarrhea, Braden said. “We have no expectation that this will spread in our country,” he said.
The U.S. government foodsafety.gov website says that since 1996, “has been at least 30 outbreaks of foodborne illnesses associated with different types of raw vegetables and lightly cooked. Salmonella and E. coli caused most of these outbreaks. ”
The World Health Organization says that in Japan in 1996, “caused an outbreak linked to contaminated radish sprouts in school lunches 9,451 cases” of E. coli.
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