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Massive E. Coli Outbreak In Europe

June 2, 2011 by  

Massive E. Coli Outbreak In Europe

A “stunningly high” number of people are suffering from infection by a particularly unpleasant strain of E. coli bacteria, The Associated Press reported.

Officials in Germany are warning citizens to avoid consuming raw cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce as the death toll rises in an outbreak of foodborne bacterial infections that has hit at least nine European countries.

“Medical authorities appeared no closer to discovering either the source of the infection or the mystery at the heart of the outbreak: why the unusual strain of the E. coli bacteria appears to be causing so many cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, which attacks the kidneys and can cause seizures, strokes and comas,” the article read. “Germany’s national health agency said 1,534 people in the country had been infected by enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, or EHEC, a particularly deadly strain of the common bacteria found in the digestive systems of cows, humans and other mammals.”

“The World Health Organization said cases of EHEC have been reported in nine European countries: Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.” the article read. “All but two cases are either people in Germany, or people who had recently traveled to northern Germany.”

“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,” Paul Hunter, a professor of health protection at the University of East Anglia in England, told The AP. “There might also be something genetically different about this particular strain of E. coli that makes it more virulent.”

Dr. Robert Tauxe, a foodborne disease expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The AP it is “extraordinary” to see so many cases of the kidney complication from a foodborne illness. “There has not been such an outbreak before that we know of in the history of public health.”

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  • Disgusted

    I would like to know more specifics about these cucumbers. Were they GE? Were they grown and distributed by a large farm? Were they purchased at a farmers market? The article gives no specifics about the origin of the vegetable.

    • EddieW

      Disgusted…Were they flown in from the US…!! We sent Europe vaccines, laced with live bird flu virus, to kill many, luckily Sweden injected some into ferrets, and discovered it, as the ferrets died!!! Bayer was the company that sent it, and were not reprimanded, but given a big promotion!! ie a huge order by the US government!!!
      Henery Kissinger wanted to over fly major cities, sprayiong e-coli but as there would be no one left to bury the dead, and that could be a big problem, they passed on it!!! These people are EVIL!!!

      • libertytrain

        Bayer is a German company.

  • Kate8

    Here we go again.

    Expect more of this type of thing, so we can all be convinced that raw food is dangerous and needs to be irradiated.

    I suspect that this is yet another false-flag, planted to create more angst and further the global efforts in the war on our food.

    • ValDM

      Get ready for even more of this. It used to be that when a sewage treatment center was “over-run” & had to dump raw sewage, they reported it, so we could stay out of the rivers, or not eat anything that came out of said rivers. They haven’t reported on any dumping in the last 5 yrs; but the practice continues. The old microbiologists that actally knew something are now retiring & the new recruits don’t even have a thimbleful of the knowledge their predecessors had. Then, after the dumping and not having been reported, water is drawn from said rivers for irrigation. Is it any wonder we have E.coli outbreaks?

    • Carlucci

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. All of those guinea pigs, I mean people, are sick or dead? Oh well. To the government, they are nothing more than collateral damage – a means to an end. Just like the unlucky ones on 911 in the planes and world trade centers.

  • 45caliber

    I saw an article in the paper this morning that said this particular version of E.coli was one never seen before.

    • Isaac Davis

      No one ever speaks about who is harvesting the food. Is it that difficult to think outside the box that something along the lines of bio-terrorism might be at work here? Just how hard is it to shuffle some innocuous fluid across the EU these days, disperse it into processing stations, and have it widespread in a matter of days? The same exists here in the U.S., yet the USDA, FDA and the gov’t goes after the producers when it’s just as easily at another stage of the process after leaving the field. Meanwhile, we are subjected to the TSA assaulting airline passengers, and the forest cannot be seen due to the trees.

    • Carlucci

      Hmmm….wonder if this new strain was developed on Plum Island. According to this, Lyme Disease was:

      • 45caliber

        Lyme disease was known about back in the 1700′s. They called it “tick fever”. Many times it was fatal. So I seriously doubt that it was lab-made. It was brought under control – sort of – back in the 1930s when it was required that all livestock, including dogs, were to be dipped. But since it is no longer required, some areas are again seeing it return.

        • Carlucci

          45 – I think Kate and I have decided that almost everything is a conspiracy. There is some other info on Plum Island that people should know about.

          Call me crazy, but I think Jesse Ventura rocks. He is on a mission to expose as much wrong doing from the feds as possible. His show on FEMA camps must have struck a nerve with Fedzilla, as that episode was pulled from the airwaves. As of now, I don’t know if “Conspiracy Theory” will ever be back on TruTv. TMI.

          And JV drives a totally bitchin’ car.

          • Kate8

            Carlucci – Jesse Ventura is my ex’s neighbor in Mexico (Baja). My ex never believed me about all the gov’t stuff going on, but after meeting Ventura at a party, he’s starting to pay more attention.

    • Kate8

      45 – Yeah. Fresh out of the lab.

    • lorna

      I recently got hit with a form of E-coli that I suspect this outbreak is associated with. It’s called ESBL (extended spectrum beta lactulose). It is resistant to most drugs and must be treated with a drug that is a combination of antibiotic and a drug which stops the bacteria’s ability to produce enzymes that attack the antibiotic. It does not show up as ESBL on the ordinary tests and must be specifically tested for. If anyone has a urinary infection that wont go away, have them test for this. I was in the hospital, vomiting blood until it was diagnosed. I will be on antibiotics for 3 more months but it is under control. Don’t mess with something that won’t go away. Once it gets to your kidneys it will take you down fast.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    Being that Europe is full of Muslims, could this be a bio-terror attack ? I imagine that there are thousands of muslims working in the food handling and distribution work force and it wouldn’t be too hard to accomplish. Have some rouge lab in Iran or elsewhere mfg. the new strain of E-Coli and have your in-country minions spray it on the veggies in the warehouse.

  • Rennie

    Has all the hallmarks of bioterror, one more reason to grow as much of your own food as possible. And WASH IT.

    • http://guncontrol Eileen Barayasarra

      Maybe it was handled by certain people who do not use toilet paper? YOU KNOW! The ones who wipe with the left hand and eat with the right? And they think I am filthy because I do not wear a tablecloth over my head. GOT IT??

  • Kate8

    I listened to Dr. Len Horowitz on the radio last night.

    He said the e coli strain is a lab combo. E coli is the base for most bioweapons, and this strain is weapons grade. It is spliced with a haemmorrhagic virus, like ebola. That’s what makes it so deadly.

    He said he couldn’t say whether it will come to America, but it’s likely, since that is the agenda.


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