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Dow Jones London
Dr. Hilde Kruse, program manager for food safety at United Nation's World Health Organization, said: "This is a very severe breakout of E.Coli. It's a serious disease that is causing fatalities in Europe now."
A deadly E coli outbreak has claimed two more lives, including the first fatality outside Germany, as an international row escalated over the source of the bacteria.
Sixteen people are now confirmed to have died from the outbreak – which was initially linked to organic Spanish vegetables – including a woman in Sweden who had recently returned from a trip to Germany.
German researchers are still trying to identify the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak after Spanish cucumbers were found not to have the lethal strain.
About 470 patients - mostly in north Germany - have the most severe and potentially fatal symptoms.
The E. coli has killed 16 people - 15 in Germany and one in Sweden.
The reprieve for the Spanish cucumber came too late for growers, who were forced to destroy tonnes of freshly harvested vegetables in southern Spain.
and it is not from the veggie's from the article
European food outbreak soars; mystery deepens
could we in the USA be next???
German authorities initially pointed to cucumbers from Spain after people in Hamburg fell ill after eating fresh produce. After tests of some 250 samples of vegetables from around the city, only the three cucumbers from Spain and one other of unknown origin tested positive E. coli.
But further tests showed that those vegetables, while contaminated, did not cause the outbreak. Officials are still warning all Germans to avoid eating raw cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce.
what does he know that we do not??? do you know of him?? the doc in the link
He added that the strain of E. coli in the European outbreak has not been seen in the United States, where there have been several high-profile foodborne outbreaks in recent years, but none with such a high death toll.
so if it is not veggies what is it then???
It's "extraordinary" to see so many cases of the kidney complication from a foodborne illness, said Dr. Robert Tauxe, a foodborne disease expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "There has not been such an outbreak before that we know of in the history of public health."
The World Health Organization says the E. coli outbreak in Germany is a completely new strain of the bacteria.
The infection can cause the deadly complication - haemolytic-uraemic syndrome - affecting the blood and kidneys.
More than 1,500 people have been infected and 17 have died: 16 in Germany and one in Sweden.
In the UK, three British nationals have been infected - all had visited Germany.
Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, a WHO spokesperson, is reported as saying: "This strain has never been seen in an outbreak situation before."
Scientists at the Beijing Genomics Institute, in China, are also reported as saying: "This E.coli is a new strain of bacteria that is highly infectious and toxic."
Preliminary genetic analysis of the outbreak suggests the bacteria is unique.