Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 6:54 pm Post subject: Superbugs Europe E.coli outbreak bio-weapon
Superbugs Europe E.coli outbreak
is a bio-weapon using bubonic plague see page 2
May 30, 2011 BERLIN
An E. coli outbreak that has killed 14 people and made more than 300 seriously ill in Germany has spread to other north European countries and is expected to worsen in the coming week.
"We hope that the number of cases will go down but we fear that it will worsen," said Oliver Grieve, spokesman for the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in north Germany, where many of those afflicted are being treated.
The source of the virulent strain of the bacteria is unknown, German authorities said on Monday ahead of a crisis meeting of federal and state officials in Berlin. Most of the deaths have been in northern Germany.
The E. coli pathogen has been identified on cucumbers imported from Spain but it is unclear if they were contaminated there, during transport, or in Germany.
There are 36 cases of suspected E. coli in Sweden, all linked to travel in northern Germany, authorities said. A small number of cases have been reported in Britain, Denmark, France and the Netherlands, all linked with travel to Germany.
Rare strain causes serious complications
The German government has identified the pathogen as a relatively rare strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC. The virulent bug has caused many cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, a potentially life-threatening complication of E. coli infection.
Smoking gun elusive in deadly E. coli outbreak
BERLIN – European health officials tracking one of the worst E. coli outbreaks on record might never know where it came from. It's a sad fact of life in food poisoning cases: There often is no smoking gun.
The germ has sickened more than 1,500 people, mostly in Germany. Most patients who have been interviewed said they ate lettuce, tomatoes or cucumbers, but officials testing produce across the continent have yet to find any vegetables with the particular strain involved.
Illnesses can occur days after tainted food is eaten and leftovers thrown out, so "the trail gets cold pretty quick," said Bill Marler, a Seattle attorney who specializes in food poisoning cases.
"They might never find the cause of the outbreak," said Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at England's University of East Anglia. "In most foodborne outbreaks, we don't know definitively where the contaminated food came from."
Germany's national health agency said Wednesday that more than 1,530 people there had been sickened by a dangerous E. coli germ, including 17 dead and 470 suffering from a kidney failure complication that was previously considered rare.
The outbreak has hit at least nine European countries, but virtually all the sick people either live in Germany or recently traveled there. Two people who were sickened are now in the U.S., and both had recently traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where many of the infections occurred.
The outbreak is already considered the third-largest involving E. coli in recent world history, and it may be the deadliest. Twelve people died in a 1996 Japanese outbreak that reportedly sickened more than 12,000, and seven died in a 2000 Canadian outbreak that also made thousands ill.
Nearly all cases are linked to northern Germany, "so it seems to be a common exposure there. But we don't yet know what was this exposure," said Dr. Hilde Kruse, the World Health Organization's food safety program manager for Europe.
"It's like a puzzle. But unfortunately the puzzle is not complete."
Where the dangerous germ came from is just one of the questions health officials have. Another is why patients are suffering from life-threatening kidney complications in an unusually high percentage of cases. It might mean the strain is particularly virulent, but it's also possible that thousands of less serious cases of food poisoning have gone unreported.
People with less severe symptoms may contact health authorities later, or not at all, Kruse said.
Kruse also said the outbreak is "different in that it mainly affects adults and predominantly women." Some experts say that likely has to do with diet — women tend to eat more fresh produce.
Experts are cautious about trying to explain what's happening at the moment. "An epidemic is like a battle — it's not clear where everything is coming from and what is going on," said Dr. Phillip Tarr, an E. coli expert at the Washington University School of Medicine.
The bacteria being investigated is one of the few dangerous types among the hundreds of different E. coli bugs. People and animals carry various E. coli in their intestines. But only a very small percentage are deadly. One of the most notorious was a strain that killed four U.S. children in 1993 and was linked to contaminated hamburgers at a fast-food chain.
Some experts said the sheer scope of the German outbreak may help eventually solve it. With more cases, there are better odds that the source can be found. That helped in the Japanese outbreak in 1996, which was blamed on radish sprouts, and the 2000 Canadian outbreak, which was traced to drinking water.
"Public health investigations are not always successful. But a big one with a lot of investigation around it is usually successful," said Dr. Robert Tauxe, a foodborne disease expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To nail down the source, scientists will have to match the strain found in patients to one in vegetables or other sources by using DNA sequencing, said Brendan Wren, professor of pathogen molecular biology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
But it can be difficult to find the strain in vegetables, and Wren doubts cucumbers are responsible.
"As in many foodborne disease outbreaks, the culprit may never be identified and the epidemic just fades away," he said.
Meanwhile, investigators will increase efforts to find the food distributors and producers where the vegetables originated.
That can take weeks or even months, and can be complicated by the fact that different vegetables are often eaten together, as in salads, Tauxe said.
In the U.S., the government said it would step up testing of any imports of cucumbers or other possibly implicated produce from affected countries — but the nation gets very little fresh produce from Europe, especially this time of year. There was just one shipment of cucumbers from Spain in May, for instance, and no cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce from Germany since January.
Another challenge for health officials: Catching and preventing future outbreaks of this strain.
According to an expert panel of the European Food Safety Authority, there is limited data on the presence of dangerous E. coli strains across Europe.
Current surveillance systems aren't well coordinated across Europe, the group said.
It recommends monitoring a number of dangerous E. coli strains — but not the one that is responsible for the current outbreak.
In Germany, there are no spot checks of imported food coming from the 25 countries that are part of a zone that lacks internal border controls.
In the United States, labs regularly test for a dangerous E. coli type in stool samples from people with food-poisoning symptoms, but only a small percentage of the labs test for other forms of E. coli that make people sick. In recent years, investigators have found that a wider variety of E. coli bugs are also causing illness.
1,500 people already ill, some died
serious liver damage
Highly infectious and toxic
Resistant to antibiotics
One should think of an animal source (includes humans)
Farmers are furious, no one wants their veggies
Was this killer created in a bio-lab? THIS IS a QUESTION, not a statement.
Preliminary genetic sequencing suggests the strain is a never before seen combination of two different E. coli bacteria.
If this is intentionally created in a bio lab to kill us off, I do not blame farmers for being angry! This is their livlihood!
I could be VERY WRONG, but somehow this stinks of globalist, NWO activity.
Go ahead, call me a conspiracy nut. Just pray over everything you buy, eat, and everywhere you go. THAT is WISDOM.
A highly infectious new strain of E.coli bacteria is causing a deadly outbreak of food poisoning that is spreading from Germany across Europe, raising alarm bells worldwide.
When this occurred in the USA it was believed it was caused by feces, numerous sources.
China found the bug carried genes that made it resistant to several classes of antibiotics.
The strain is found in the Central African Republic (Congo?)
Russia banned imports from the European Union of raw vegetables
The new strain has various characteristics that make it more virulent and toxin-producing than other E. coli strains.
Researchers unable to pinpoint the food source, so people fear buying, eating tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.
The germ has caused 499 to develop a kidney failure complication. Germany is hardest hit.
Outbreak in Europe Blamed On ‘Super-Toxic’ Strain
Editors Note: Many questions remain unanswered. Was this made in a lab? Will this enable Codex Alimentarius to be implemented worldwide?
June 2nd, 2011 AP London
Scientists on Thursday blamed Europe’s worst recorded food-poisoning outbreak on a “super-toxic” strain of E. coli bacteria that may be brand new.
But while suspicion has fallen on raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce as the source of the germ, researchers have been unable to pinpoint the food responsible for the frightening illness,
which has killed at least 18 people, sickened more than 1,600 and spread to least 10 European countries.
About 500 have developed kidney complications that can be deadly.
Chinese and German scientists analyzed the DNA of the E. coli bacteria and determined that the outbreak was caused by “an entirely new, super-toxic” strain that contains several antibiotic-resistant genes, according to a statement from the Shenzhen, China-based laboratory BGI. It said the strain appeared to be a combination of two types of E. coli.
This is a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before.
17 of those infected with E. coli ate in same restaurant in Lubeck, near Hamburg
It never was the veggies!!!!!!!!!!!
June 04, 2011 Saturday
I am NOT sounding any 'all clear' but did want to post the above news off twitter.
Wash fruit and vegetables before eating them
Peel or cook fruit and vegetables
Wash hands regularly to prevent person-to-person spread of E. coli strain
Germany appeals for blood donors
German clinics have appealed for blood donations as the number of people infected with a deadly strain of E. coli has reached 1,836 globally.
Nearly 200 new cases have been reported in two days in Germany, which has seen the most infections. The bug has killed 17 people in Germany and one in Sweden.
German scientists say the new E. coli strain's genes have been decoded. It is a new hybrid form toxic to humans.
Germans are still being advised not to eat raw vegetables.
European E-coli outbreak likely caused by Genetic Engineering run amok
6/3/11 We’ve seen this scene before – only a short two years ago in the Salinas Valley of Central California – hundreds of individuals seriously ill from eating vegetables tainted in some fashion by variations of the highly virulent e-coli bacterium. In the end, in order to protect the sacred cow of the GMO industry, the Salinas Valley episode was conveniently blamed on cattle droppings which were claimed to have occured miles from the apparent contamination area. This is sound science?
The contaminated samples of spinach and other vegetables were collected and then conveniently sliced and diced so that it was virtually impossible to determine if the e-coli was present on the vegetable’s surface or inherent in the genetic makeup of the vegetation.
The more logical explanation, now conveniently hid from view due to the “destroyed” sample vegetables is the use of highly virulent bacteria in the horizontal gene transfer in genetically engineered vegetables. Normal “vertical” genetic transfer is from within the native plant itself, a “mother-daughter” transfer of genetic information from the mother plant to the daughter seed.
In genetic engineering, extremely toxic microbes, many in the e-coli family of bacteria, are transferred “horizontally” or basically injected into the native plant so as to genetically alter a variety of plant features, including color, taste, productivity, and immunity to various insects and plant diseases.
In this process, even genetic engineers admit that this horizontal gene transferring process can create new and radical species of bacteria, which then reside in each and every molecule of the new plant when it germinates and is harvested. And this is what you might be eating when you buy vegetables in your local grocery store - where it is currently illegal to mark or designate various table vegetables as GMO.
In Europe, as in the United States and many foreign countries which have experienced similar outbreaks of “NEW” variants of e-coli, the culprit may very well be this genetic engineering process running amok – creating a multitude of vaccine and anti-biotic resistant bacteria strains which are entirely new to scientists and biologists and are highly destructive to animals and humans.
Watch carefully to see how organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration quickly discount this possibility – a clear indication as to how closely these organizations are tied to the GMO industries of Dupont, Monsanto and a variety of European concerns who want to control our food chain.
17 of those infected with E. coli ate in same restaurant in Lubeck, near Hamburg.
German-grown beansprouts likely cause of deadly E. coli outbreak, officials say.
Specific farm identified. Was this natural, or a NWO test?
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Germany's Superbug Is Weaponized With Bubonic Plague DNA
On Tuesday [May 31], the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that [leading German E. coli researcher Helge] Karch had discovered that the O104:H4 bacteria responsible for the current outbreak is a so-called chimera that contains genetic materia from various E. coli bacteria. It also contains DNA sequences from plague bacteria, which makes it particularly pathogenic." ...Helge Karch, the director of the Robert Koch Institute (Germany's CDC) who heads a consulting laboratory at the Münster University Hospital in Germany, says that he has discovered that the super killer contains DNA from E. coli, which is what he expected. It also contains DNA from the organism that causes plague, responsible for wiping out a quarter of Europe's population during the Black Death (1348-1351). Bubonic plague is caused by Yersinia pestis and is one of the most feared of all disorders.
Very interesting this E. coli plague broke out just prior to the Bilderberg meeting, those who rule the world.
The Bilderberg conspiracy, global shadow government
E.coli breaks out in France, 5 children in hospital
Five children admitted to hospital in northern France after eating beefburgers infected with a strain of E.coli bacteria are seriously ill, health officials said on Thursday, fanning fears of a wider outbreak.
The officials said the bacteria did not appear to be related to the lethal strain of E.coli that has killed 37 people and made 3,000 ill, most of them in northern Germany.
Privately owned German discount chain Lidl withdrew boxes of the frozen beefburgers believed to be behind the French infections. The boxes were sold under the brand "Steaks Country" and had expiry dates of May 10, 11 and 12, officials said.
On Wednesday six children, aged between 20 months and eight years and from different towns in the Pas de Calais region, were taken to a hospital in the city of Lille after suffering bouts of bloody diarrhea.
One was released, but five are in a "serious condition" and still being treated at the hospital. Three are being treated with hemodialysis, a method of removing waste products from the blood in the case of kidney failure.
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