Deadly European E. coli outbreak claims 16th victim

May 31, 2011BONN – Belgium and Russia banned the import of vegetables from Spain, believed to be the source of at least some of the contaminated cucumbers. Madrid shot back saying it would seek financial compensation from the European Union for lost sales. More than two weeks after the food poisoning outbreak was first reported in northern Germany, the number of confirmed and suspected cases has reached 1,200, according to media reports. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s national disease institute, said three deaths have been officially linked to the bacteria, but “in total about a dozen people have died according to regional authorities”. These authorities later Monday announced two more deaths: a woman of 50 and a man of 75 — bringing the toll to at least 16. The Stockholm-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has described the outbreak of the strain of E. coli as “one of the largest worldwide and the largest ever reported in Germany.” Authorities in Germany warned against eating raw vegetables after traces of the bacteria were found on organic cucumbers from Spain last week. But officials said they are unsure what caused the sudden outbreak of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) which can result in full-blown haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a disease that causes bloody diarrhoea and serious liver damage and possible death. The outbreak has hit countries including Britain, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, but most these cases appear to involve people who had recently travelled to or from Germany. “Normally we see about 1,000 cases per year, but we’ve now had some 1,200 cases in just 10 days,” Jan Galle, director of the Luedenscheid clinic in western Germany, told ZDF public television. –
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10 Responses to Deadly European E. coli outbreak claims 16th victim

  1. Luisport says:

    Let me update to you: germany- 16 deaths, 1600 cases, nearly 400 very bad situation cases. Sweeden 1 death, 80 very bad situation cases. Spain- first cases. I have a threat in diseases forum updated. This is a very very bad situation and i feard it will spread fast… Thank you my friend.


  2. Luisport says:

    Situation Update No. 22
    On 31.05.2011 at 11:30 GMT+2

    Two new deaths linked to a mysterious bacterial outbreak in Europe blamed on tainted vegetables were reported Tuesday, including the first outside Germany, as the number of people falling ill continued to rise. The deaths brought to 16 the total number of fatalities linked to the E. coli outbreak, with northwestern Germany the hardest-hit region. Hospital officials in Boras, Sweden, announced the death of woman in her 50s who was admitted on May 29 after a trip to Germany. In Paderborn, Germany, the local council said an 87-year-old woman who also suffered from other ailments had died. In Germany, the national disease control center said 373 people were sick with the most serious form of the outbreak _ hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a rare complication arising from an infection most commonly associated with E. coli. That figure was up from the 329 reported Monday. Susanne Glasmacher, a spokeswoman for the Robert Koch Institute, said another 796 people have been affected by the enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also known as EHEC, bacteria _ making a total of more than 1,150 people infected.

    Hundreds of people also have been sickened in other European countries, but until Tuesday Germany had seen the only deaths. Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment is still warning consumers to avoid all cucumbers, lettuces and raw tomatoes as the outbreak is investigated. European Union officials have said that German authorities identified cucumbers from the Spanish regions of Almeria and Malaga as possible sources of contamination and that a third suspect batch, originating either in the Netherlands or in Denmark and traded in Germany, is also under investigation. They have also noted, however, that the transport chain is long, and the cucumbers from Spain could have been contaminated at any point along the route. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said Tuesday that no traces of EHEC bacteria were found in tests conducted over the weekend. “There is therefore nothing that indicates that Danish cucumbers are the source of the serious E.coli outbreak that has infected several patients in Germany, Denmark and Sweden,” the agency said. In the meantime, Russia’s chief sanitary agency on Monday banned the imports of cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh salad from Spain and Germany pending further notice. It said in a statement that it may even ban the imports of fresh vegetables from all European Union member states due to the lack of information about the source of infection.


  3. Luisport says:

    just in: according to DPA (german press agency) EHEC not spreading by cucumbers, source of bacteria still unknown


  4. Luisport says:

    German health authorities were forced to restart their search for the cause of a deadly E. coli outbreak, after researchers Tuesday declared Spanish cucumbers were not infected with the same lethal bacteria.


  5. mike says:

    just read that the cucumbers are bacteria free and it has nothing to do with the cucumbers i dont trust this at all….

    thanks for the post



  6. Kathy says:

    Pathogenic E. coli can come from the fecal matter of infected humans or animals. Contamination can be on hands or surfaces. It can grow in flood waters and as we all know, there have been plenty of floods. My guess would be, these organic products are more vulnerable to cross contamination, because they are not sprayed with pesticides. (I am not an advocate of pesticides)


  7. Luisport says:

    BERLIN – Germany’s national disease control center says another 365 people have been sickened in a foodborne bacterial outbreak, including nearly 100 more suffering from severe and potentially fatal symptoms.

    Sixteen people have already died in the outbreak of E. coli — 15 of them in Germany — linked to contaminated vegetables. The source of the produce has not yet been pinpointed and the German government has warned consumers to avoid all cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce.

    The Robert Koch Institute said Wednesday that since the start of May a total of 1,064 people in Germany have been sickened by enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, or EHEC, whose symptoms range from bloody diarrhea, to the rare hemolytic uremic syndrome. It reports that an additional 470 people are now confirmed to have the syndrome, or HUS.;cbsCarousel


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