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Two-year-old boy dies from E. coli

The Local · 14 Jun 2011, 14:53

Published: 14 Jun 2011 08:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Jun 2011 14:53 GMT+02:00

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The boy died in the hospital in the northern state of Lower Saxony overnight after becoming infected with enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), state authorities said.

Previously the youngest victim from the month-long outbreak, which authorities on Friday blamed on vegetable sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany, was a 20-year-old woman.

All but one of the fatalities have been in Germany, with the other being a woman in Sweden who had recently returned from Germany. More than 3,000 people have also fallen ill in at least 15 other countries.

With health officials only late last week dropping advice to avoid uncooked tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce, the scare has cost European farmers hundreds of millions of euros.

Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said that between five and ten percent of the three salad vegetables' crops had been destroyed in Germany.

"About 5,900 tonnes of cucumbers, 1,300 hectares of lettuce and 3,500 tonnes of tomatoes have had to be destroyed," the minister told Tuesday's Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.

Aigner defended health officials' advice however. "Protecting consumers from health risks will always take priority over economic interests, even if that causes serious financial setbacks for some businesses," she told the paper.

The RKI still recommends not eating raw vegetable sprouts. Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said on Sunday the outbreak was the most serious of its kind recorded in the world to date.

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09:34 June 14, 2011 by spencerjonesy
Colloidal silver is effective against the E. coli bacteria, as evidenced by the 7 clinical studies discussed in the article at this link: http://thesilveredge.com/cs_ecoli.shtml
09:55 June 14, 2011 by AbhilashD
I'm sorry but the medical efficacy of Silver has never been proven, it is not a required dietary supplement and it has major adverse effects on the body. The use of colloidal silver is nothing but pseudoscience
11:19 June 14, 2011 by Münsterklaus
"In August 1999, the FDA banned colloidal silver sellers from claiming any therapeutic or preventive value for the product, noting colloidal silver was being marketed for numerous diseases without evidence of safety or effectiveness."

Colloidal silver is 50% pseudoscience and 50% bogus.

Its only falsifiable use is against werewolves... xD xD xD
15:05 June 14, 2011 by jbaker
Colloidal Silver has its place in life.

This is about E-Coli that comes from animal feces from animals that are raised on indoor commercial farms. Plants can not produce E-Coli in any way. They can carry the germs after being in contact with fecal laced water.

Grow your own vegetables and stay away from processed/packaged store bought food.

You can grow your own food if you want to.

The United States FDA is a pawn for large corporations who are given authority by the Senators and Congressman - as long as they get their election campaign funds juiced regularly.
16:37 June 14, 2011 by marimay
2 year olds eat sprouts?

I'm glad I'm still steaming and boiling my vegetables...
18:00 June 14, 2011 by DOZ
Bacterial Contamination of Sprouts is always a concern. Not worth the risk.
03:50 June 15, 2011 by PARAM ESWARAN
The only aim is to save such innocent children - all other on going fights about silver or colloidal silver or FDA findings are politics. In Europe, you cannot exterminate all living places of EHEC. It is impossible. This fact can never be understood by the Western countries and their wrong Unholistic,Unwholesome, Un-Organic approaches to knowledge.More than saving a child, commercial vested interests of MNCs are on the top. Ignorance combined with evil intentions can never be uprooted from the minds and souls. IF THE SOLUTION IS NOT FOUND AND DEATHS ARE NOT STOPPED, IT IS A PROBLEM OF THE UNSEEKING UNOPEN MIND. AS YOU GO OUTWARD LOOKING FOR ANSWERS YOU WILL FIND LIMITATIONS AND ENDS FOR YOUR CHOICES. Germans, many of them, looked to the East, and FOUND UNLIMITED SOLUTIONS BY LOOKING INFINITELY DEEP INWARD.

The ground on which EHEC grows- that is the human body- has to be strengthened with BOOSTED UP IMMUNITY-

which is the only solution.

There is no end to foolishly accusing farmers, and producers for the same.

I plead to the Govt Authorities to accept total responsibility and FORM A COMMITTEE OF DEDICATED MEDICAL AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS without commercial backups - and chalk out a program to save the children at least - because they are helpless with parents' and govts' wrong superstitions on health-that will not save them.

From my experience in life, it is definitely possible to save lives instantly

from EHEC. I am a humanist, I love people- a follower of Walt Whitman.

Individuals - Save Yourself from Death, seek knowledge from the net and save yourself. Save your loved ones. Read my other comments on EHEC in the thelocal.de


04:11 June 15, 2011 by jbaker
No seeking necessary. Grow your own vegetables or buy from a local farm and stay away from pre-packaged junk in the stores.

If this does not suit you, go on the all meat diet and cook the meat until Well Done, all will be fine and the E-Coli will be killed off.

Maybe we could just eat sunflower seeds. I believe they are E-Coli free.
05:24 June 15, 2011 by candraw
for many kinds of diarrhea disease ... I used to take curcuma ..and it works... Maybe its time to back in nature as a medical treatment .....
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