Sunday, June 5, 2011

E. Coli Outbreak a Massive Cover-Up? Could We Be Facing a Super-Bug?

Frisco City, Al.-It now looks as if most of the mainstream media in the U.S. is downplaying the “e coli” outbreak.
A possible threat that the outbreak could spread throughout the United States is being slowly implied on top news media stations.
At least three passengers arriving in the states have been infected (this has been reported on FOX and other sources) at this time.
Other reports floating around Europe are detailing a far more frightening scenario.
Scientists in Europe are finding that the “e coli” outbreak is actually a super-toxic strain of e coli that is resistant to several antibiotic-resistant genes, not a good situation by any means.
A German news source reported that;
Health officials said Thursday three people in the United States are suspected to have fallen ill from e-coli bacteria after traveling to Germany where the mystery outbreak has killed 17.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was awaiting blood samples before any confirmation could be made, spokesman Tom Skinner told AFP. The suspected cases were not fatal.
A report from RSOE states the following event has taken place in Dublin Ireland regarding MRSA;
A completely new form of the MRSA superbug has been found in two Dublin hospitals. This new organism probably arose in animals and then jumped across to infect humans, according to the Irish researchers who discovered it. “It is totally different. It has never been seen before in any living organism,” said Prof David Coleman of Trinity College Dublin, who led an international team that identified the bacterium. The organism was so different that existing test kits could not recognise it as being an MRSA-type bacterium. “I have never seen anything as divergent, which means it has evolved away from humans,” Prof Coleman said yesterday. MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) describes organisms that have developed strong resistance to most antibiotics, something that makes MRSA infections very difficult to treat in humans. The superbug is endemic in some Irish hospitals, according to a number of studies, including a report last year, MRSA in Ireland. It put the cost of hospital-acquired infections at €23 million per year. Those who picked up a hospital-acquired MRSA infection were seven times more likely to die than patients who did not become infected. This new organism may add to the ongoing burden of hospital-acquired infections, given it is so very different to existing strains. “This is not just a new strain, this is absolutely and totally different from anything since MRSA was discovered in the 1960s,” Prof Coleman said.
The report might be worth noting, coupled with the fact that the newscasters keep saying that it can spread and they do not even know the source of the  outbreak.
Another report actually mentions milk in the UK has been infected with MSRA, it goes on to read;
A new variant of meticilin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus found in cow’s milk is genetically different to existing MRSA strains from the United Kingdom (UK). The original scare had Europeans not drinking milk, but a released study mentions that cows may simply be hosts to this new strand and normal processes of milk, such as pasteurization, will kill any risk to humans.
Are you kidding me? WOW! It makes me wonder if that’s why the military industrial complex prepared mass graves for U.S. citizens as I documented on the Alex Jones Show on March 25, 2009.
The article goes on to say how pasteurization will prevent the spread of MSRA to humans (this makes me feel so safe — not).
Most of the local accounts seem to downplay the situation even though 17 deaths have been reported.
The following MSNBC article might be an attempt to downplay the event;
June 3, 2011
BERLIN — Germany has not yet identified the source of a deadly E.coli outbreak and still recommends not eating raw salad vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes in northern Germany, a health ministry spokesman said on Friday. Racing to curb the spread of the killer food bug, the German government set up a national task force on Friday to hunt down the source of a highly toxic strain of E.coli that has killed 17 people and sounded alarms around the world.
Nearly 200 new cases of E. coli infection were reported in Germany in the first two days of June, the national disease control center reported Friday, but officials say there are signs the European bacterial outbreak that has killed 18 people could be slowing.
The Robert Koch Institute said that there are now 1,733 people in Germany — the epicenter of the outbreak — who have been sickened, including 520 suffering from a life-threatening complication that can cause kidney failure.
Although two American travelers, and possibly a third, who had recently been to Germany have been sickened by the toxic bacteria, they are unlikely to spark a spreading outbreak in the U.S., say food safety experts who urge both common sense and caution.
Mystery deepens..............................
Germany was quick to point the blame at cucumbers imported from Spain, triggering trade tensions [Reuters]
An outbreak of killer E. coli that has spread to 12 countries and killed 19 people may be linked to a Hamburg festival in May and could have caused a 20th death.
As authorities continued on Saturday to hunt the source of the killer bug, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's national disease centre, is looking closely at a harbour festival that took place in Hamburg on May 6-8.
The weekly newspaper Focus said the festival drew 1.5 million visitors from Germany and abroad and noted that the first reported case of E. coli infection followed just a week later in the city's university hospital.
German media also said a man in his 50s who died in Brandenberg may be the 20th victim, but the cause of death was uncertain because he had several other infections as well as E. coli.
The latest confirmed death was of an 80-year-old woman in the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Friday.
She succumbed as German authorities were still warning consumers off raw vegetables, despite the EU's Reference Laboratory for E. coli in Rome saying scientific tests had failed to support a link to the outbreak.
Restaurants investigated
Faced with uncertainty over the source of the outbreak, reports said police were investigating a possible deliberate act and were also checking two restaurants in the northern town of Lubeck, one in which 17 diners fell ill and another in which eight women were sickened, one of whom died.
The proprietor of one of the restaurants said he was devastated to hear many of his guests were infected by the rare virulent bacteria.
"It was like a blow to the head when I heard the news," Joachim Berger said in an interview in the kitchen of his restaurant, 60km northeast of the outbreak's epicentre in Hamburg.
"We had everyone here tested and everything was disinfected. I paid for the tests myself because safety is important for our guests and employees," he said.
On Thursday Germany authorities said the number of new infections appeared to be stabilising. But Reinhard Brunkhorst, president of the German Nephrology Society, said: "We are dealing here in fact with the biggest epidemic caused by bacteria in recent decades."
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 symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhoea, fever and vomiting.
A large majority are female, suggesting the source is "probably something that women prefer more than men", Andrea Ellis, an epidemiologist at the World Health Organisation's department of food safety, said in Geneva.
In some cases the infection can lead to bloody diarrhoea and potentially life-threatening conditions such as haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease.
At least 552 people, 520 of them in Germany, have HUS, according to the WHO, with 10 other European countries plus the US reporting HUS or EHEC infections.
Unprecedented outbreak
The outbreak was "the largest epidemic of HUS to have occurred anywhere in the world", according to Francois-Xavier Weill, head of France's National Reference Centre for E. coli.
In addition to Germany, cases of E. coli poisoning have been reported in Austria, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.
Britain confirmed four more cases of poisoning on Friday, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 11.
Each is related to German travel and three of the patients have HUS, the Health Protection Agency said.
The WHO has identified the bacteria as a rare E. coli strain never before connected to an outbreak of food poisoning. But researchers in Hamburg said earlier they and Chinese colleagues had found the strain was a "new type" which is extremely aggressive and resistant to antibiotics.
E. coli is a common bacteria found in meat, vegetables and fruit. It normally lives in the intestines of people and animals where it helps the body break down food. There are hundreds of E. coli strains but some are harmful.
Trade tensions
Germany authorities were quick to point the blame for the outbreak at cucumbers imported from Spain, triggering trade tensions.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, defended the false cucumber alert in a phone call on Thursday with Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, saying authorities were "duty-bound to inform the public at all times".
The advisory, retracted this week, left tens of thousands of tonnes of Spanish produce unsold, costing Spanish growers an estimated 200 million euros a week.
To ease tension over the heavy losses, European agriculture ministers are scheduled to meet in Luxembourg for talks after June 17, according to diplomats.
With no clarity on the source of the mysterious bacteria, the outbreak has led some countries such as Russia and Lebanon to ban vegetables from the EU, in moves criticised by the 27-member bloc.

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