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Germany steps up hunt for deadly E.coli source (199 news cases in 2 days)
Yahoooooooo! ^ | 06-03-2011 | By Eric Kelsey and Kate Kelland

Posted on 06/03/2011 5:54:15 AM PDT by Red Badger

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Racing to curb the spread of a killer food bug, Germany set up a national task force on Friday to hunt down the source of a highly toxic strain of E.coli that killed 17 people and sounded alarms around the world.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, engaged in a trade row with the European Union after Moscow banned imports of raw fruit and vegetables from the bloc, heightened the drama, saying he would not "poison" Russians by lifting the embargo.

Repeating warnings to Germans not eat salad vegetables -- rattling farmers and stores just as they hit high season -- health officials said they recorded 199 new cases of the rare, highly toxic strain of the infection in the past two days.

That took the total of those infected since it was detected in early May to 1,733 -- making it possibly the deadliest ever outbreak -- and suggesting it was spreading as fast as ever.

Scientists struggled to pinpoint the contamination, assumed to be poor hygiene at a farm, in transit, a shop or food outlet.

Health institutes across Europe have tried to reassure the public by stressing that E.coli, a frequent cause of food poisoning, can generally be tackled by washing vegetables and by washing hands before eating to reduce the risk of bacteria being passed on from the feces of an infected person.

The resistance of the strain to some antibiotics and the failure to find the source of the outbreak, made harder by the nature of salads to include a variety of produce from different producers, has raised concerns, however.

Responding to EU calls that Russia lift Thursday's ban on imports and respect the principle of free trade, Putin said: "We cannot poison our people for the sake of some spirit."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Germany; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ecoli; eu; health; medical; science

1 posted on 06/03/2011 5:54:19 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
Swabbing butts seems to be really nasty business. They can always re-blame Spain.
2 posted on 06/03/2011 6:00:17 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Red Badger

Have they looked at a possible “Islamic” Agri-Terror connection?


3 posted on 06/03/2011 6:07:02 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: gitmogrunt

Hit nail on the head ping.


4 posted on 06/03/2011 6:10:53 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
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To: gitmogrunt

I’m sure someone has.
If not, they are stupid.
It was reported yesterday that it is similar to a case in KOREA in the 1990’s.
I wonder if the NORKS have done this, either accidentally or purposefully....................


5 posted on 06/03/2011 6:16:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: allmost

Barney Frank may have a new calling in life...............


6 posted on 06/03/2011 6:17:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

Yet another reason to have your own backyard garden.


7 posted on 06/03/2011 7:06:13 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Red Badger

Ah, a fresh round of mercantilism. We’re headed for a Depression if this nonsense continues. Actions have consequences.


8 posted on 06/03/2011 7:24:22 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: bgill

I do..................


9 posted on 06/03/2011 7:37:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: gitmogrunt

My bet is on an “ organic farm “ somewhere. They use raw fertilizer and who knows what kind of sewage.

That`s where e-coli comes from.


10 posted on 06/03/2011 9:45:06 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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