E.Coli could last months but cucumbers are not to blame
The outbreak of E.Coli which has infected over 1,500 people could last for months, the German public health body is saying as they admit they are no closer to finding the source of the epidemic.
Spanish cucumbers were initially thought to be responsible for the outbreak; however the European Commission has retracted these claims after tests failed to link the vegetables to E.Coli.
The president of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, Reinhard Burger, said “we may never know” the source of the outbreak.
He said “it could be weeks, months” before the number of cases start to come down and that depends on how long the infected food was in circulation.
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So far 17 people have died from E.Coli; 16 in Germany and one in Sweden and approximately 1,500 people are thought to have been infected with enterohaemorrhagic E.coli (EHEC).
A serious complication of EHEC is HUS (haemolytic-uraemic syndrome), incidences of which are also increasing.
A quarter of the 365 new cases of E.Coli reported yesterday were HUS, symptoms of which include bloody diarrhoea.
Many countries are now taking action to avoid or minimise the spread of E.Coli in their part of the world.
Russia has banned the import of fresh European vegetables, Austria has implemented a ban on cucumbers and France and the Czech Republic have reportedly removed Spanish cucumbers from sale.
Meanwhile two cases of E.Coli have been reported in the US in travellers who had recently visited Hamburg.
Burger expressed empathy for farmers in Spain whose businesses have been affected by the false claim their cucumbers were carrying the potentially lethal food-borne bacteria.
Spain has threatened to file a lawsuit against German authorities as the loss of earnings for Spanish farmers is estimated to be around €200m a week.
Although the E.Coli outbreak has been most prevalent in Germany, there have also been cases in the UK, the US, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”