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A senior German doctor last night called for an investigation into the possibility that the bacteria had been spread deliberately. Klaus-Dieter Zastrow, chief doctor for hygiene at Berlin’s Vivantes hospital, said: “It’s quite possible that there’s a crazy person out there who thinks 'I’ll kill a few people or give 10,000 people diarrhoea’. It’s a negligent mistake not to investigate in that direction.”
Scientists hunting the source of the deadly mutant E.coli outbreak in Germany have switched the focus of their investigation to a restaurant and a festival attended by 1.5 million people. More than 30 diners, including a group of German tax officials and Danish tourists, fell ill and one woman died after eating lunch at the Kartoffel-Keller (Potato Cellar) restaurant in the northern port city of Lubeck. Health inspectors are investigating suppliers to the restaurant and to street vendors 40 miles away at the Hamburg Port Festival, known as the Hafengeburtstag.
One person in Sweden also died. In Germany, there have been 573 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) -- a form of kidney failure -- in the current European outbreak, according to WHO. That's more cases of HUS than in any other recorded outbreak, worldwide. Twelve patients in Germany have died of HUS, according to WHO, while six died of enterohemorrhagic E. coli, EHEC, a strain that causes hemorrhaging in the intestines and can result in abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea. Reports indicate that an estimated 1,428 people have that E. coli strain so far but do not have HUS, according to the World Health Organization
Around every other HUS patient suffers serious neurological complications. The patients become disoriented, have difficulty expressing themselves, suffer convulsions. Some become apathetic, others make strange noises. Some get such strong cramp attacks they have to be restrained
'We're sleeping badly, and have bad dreams,' Kiemes says quietly. 'We can't get the images of suffering patients out of our heads.' The neurological breakdowns of patients are particularly concerning. 'When their condition gets worse, then it's dramatic.'
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Originally posted by harddrive21
reply to post by Itop1
Hopefully in 1 month things will be under control...if we can find the source of the outbreak and inform anyone/everyone to it.
But to say hundreds of thousands of people die from Influenza every year worldwide is possibly an understatement or maybe and overstatement.
US alone Influenza and Pneumonia deaths in 2009 was 52,717.
In all reality it is probably much higher that that in the US. People really do not die of Influenza, they die from Pneumonia or other opportunistic infections that will occur when the lungs become affected with Influenza (S. pneumoniae is my favorite) or other organ failure, heart attack or other mayhem that is unleashed during a cytokine storm.
Just saying it may be higher - 3rd world deaths or large urban centers outside Europe and US do not have great reporting systems for these events. Or lower depending on who is counting and filling out the death certificates.
And for fun, here is a link to the most recent data on all deaths in the US. Breaks it down pretty well too :