Deadly Cucumbers E. Coil - With 18 dead and 1,500 people plagued with the E. Coil outbreak linked to Spanish cucumbers the spread continues throughout Germany. Reports are now showing that this bacteria is a new form never seen before, which is produced from the combined of two E. Coil bacterias. Many are saying that’s why this mutant bacteria is spreading so quickly.
With researchers not being able to pinpoint the exact cause for the outbreak, nearing countries are now said to take action. The bacteria spread has reached nine countries and Russia is now being prompted to extend a ban on vegetables. “This is a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before,” Hilde Kruse, a food safety expert at the WHO told The Associated Press.
She went on to add, “Various characteristics that make it more virulent and toxin-producing. There’s a lot of mobility in the microbial world.” She continued to explain that humans and animals can easily exchange genes. “One should think of an animal source. Many animals are hosts of various types of toxin-producing E. coli.”
With all the commotion leading to Spanish cucumber, Spain’s agriculture minister is demanding that authorities of Germany wrap up their investigation. “The image of Spain is being damaged,” said Rosa Aguilar. “Spanish producers are being damaged and the Spanish government is not prepared to accept this situation.” Doubtful that the investigation will end soon considering the outbreak continues and no one can pinpoint the exact cause or how to treat the bacteria.
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