Monday, June 6, 2011

German Bean Sprouts NOT the Source of the Killer E Coli Outbreak - 6th June 2011

Preliminary test results reveal that bean sprouts from an organic farm in Germany are not the source of an E.coli outbreak which has so far killed 22 people.

Initially authorities feared bean sprouts from a farm in the Uelzen area, between the northern cities of Hamburg and Hannover, could be traced to infections in five German states.

A wider test will now be carried out on samples of older sprouts and packaging from the farm.

The negative result comes as the death toll in Europe increased to 22.

Germany's health minister has admitted the country is struggling to cope with the number of people suffering from E.coli.

Daniel Bahr said Germany was facing a "tense situation with patient care" adding that some hospitals had been moving patients with less serious illnesses in order to handle the surge of people with the deadly strain of the bacteria.

One woman has talked about her experience when she was admitted to hospital with suspected E.coli.

Nicoletta Pabst, a 41-year-old from Hamburg, said: "When I arrived, there were at least 20 other people and more kept coming in.

"All of us had diarrhoea and there was only one male and one female toilet."

At a news conference in Hamburg, state health minister Cornelia Pruefer-Storcks said local officials were looking at ways to prevent a looming shortage of doctors.

"We want to discuss with doctors about whether those who recently retired can be reactivated," she said, adding that medical staff in Hamburg are battling exhaustion.

The deadly bacteria has made more than 2,000 people ill in 12 countries - all of whom had been travelling in northern Germany.

Sweden has reported over 50 cases, including one death, and around 14 people in the UK are being treated. Read More