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US steps up German, Spanish produce checks

AFP · 4 Jun 2011, 10:27

Published: 04 Jun 2011 10:27 GMT+02:00

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An 80-year-old woman succumbed to the infection in Germany, authorities said. The woman died in a hospital in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the state health office in Rostock reported.

All but one of the deaths from enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) poisoning, which broke out last month, have been in Germany but infections have been reported in 11 other countries – and the bacteria may have sickened six people in the United States.

The boosted US surveillance measures were implemented 24 hours after Germany issued a health advisory about the outbreak.

"The US food supply is not in jeopardy," said David Elder, Food and Drug Administration director of regional operations.

"As a safety precaution, however, the FDA has established import controls," which involves testing any shipment of cucumber, fresh tomatoes and lettuce from Spain and Germany, he added.

"Any products found to be contaminated will be refused admission to the US."

Elder noted that the United States imports a very small amount – only about 0.2 percent – of its produce from Germany and Spain.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the number of suspected cases among Americans has risen to six – four people in the United States who recently traveled to northern Germany and two US servicemen stationed there.

"The US Department of Defense has been notified of this outbreak because of the presence of US military bases in Germany," said the CDC's Chris Braden, a day after his agency announced three suspected US cases.

"There are no confirmed cases among US military personnel or their dependents at this time. However, recent reports indicate two US service members in Germany with diarrheal illness that are being evaluated as suspect cases."

Two women and one man remain hospitalized in the United States, and a fourth person was reported ill but did not develop hemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease that can be life-threatening, said Braden.

Confirmation of those cases was expected within days.

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Braden said similar outbreaks of shiga toxin-producing E. coli were investigated in the Republic of Georgia in 2009 and in South Korea in 2006, but the sources were never identified.

All but one of the fatalities since the outbreak of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) poisoning began last month have occurred in Germany. A patient who died in Sweden had recently returned from Germany.

Regional German health authorities have reported more than 2,000 cases of people falling ill with EHEC poisoning, with symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever and vomiting.

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11:04 June 4, 2011 by Dr.D.11
The tragedy with the E.Coli epidemic is distressing everyone.

This epidemic can be prevented and treated immediately by

taking a vitamin.The vitamin is :Niacin,Nicotinic Acid.

Vitamin B3.

How do I know that will work?Because it worked in the past.

When and where?

In epidemic of Pellagra affecting the world.Last known epidemic:Malawi-Africa.

What is Pellagra? Vitamin B3 deficiency.It is known also as:

The 4D Disease:Dermatitis,Diarrhea,Dementia,Death.

For more details,consult your doctor

Be healthy.

A Doctor in America
11:13 June 4, 2011 by Ruhetag
Drink massive quantities of unfiltered wheat beer or Weizen Bier. The yeast (hefe) is a goldmine of vitamin B complex.
12:13 June 4, 2011 by Yontrop
... or just eat yeast. Or listen to what real doctors say.
12:32 June 4, 2011 by marimay
Real doctors. I wish.
14:24 June 4, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
"In epidemic of Pellagra affecting the world."

If you were really a doctor, you would know the difference between a condition caused by a vitamin deficiency (pellagra) and a bacterial infection - E. coli. Taking vitamins does not prevent the infection.
21:15 June 4, 2011 by Christine1
Maybe he has a PhD in psychology...
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