May 17, 2020

E.Coli outbreak in Europe linked to cucumbers

food-borne bacteria
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Cucumber blamed for E.Coli outbreak
Spanish cucumbers have been confirmed as one of the sources that is responsible for the outbreak of E.Coli in Germany. Although the outbreak of the po...


Spanish cucumbers have been confirmed as one of the sources that is responsible for the outbreak of E.Coli in Germany.

Although the outbreak of the potentially lethal food-borne bacteria has been seen principally in Germany where two deaths have been reported, there have also been cases in Britain, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

 Authorities have identified batches of organic batches of cucumber from the Alneria and Malaga regions of Spain as a potential E.Coli source.


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A third batch of cucumbers which came to Germany from the Netherlands is also under investigation and German authorities are searching for other causes.

Warnings are being given to healthcare authorities across Europe to look out for signs of the illness, such as bloody diarrhoea, particularly in travellers who have recently returned from Germany.

People who are planning to travel to Germany are also being warned not to eat raw vegetables or salad, in particular lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

The current outbreak of E.Coli is the O104 version; a strain which is rarely seen. Germany is experiencing a large number of cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of the verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) infection.

Sufferers of the VTEC infection will require hospital treatment as it can affect the victim’s blood and kidneys and in severe circumstances it can affect the central nervous system.

German authorities are stressing that it is essential to identify cases of E.Coli quickly to prevent the illness from spreading further.

Cases of HUS have been reported in Germany since mid-May and more than 200 cases have been diagnosed, with two deaths.

Sweden has seen ten cases of E.Coli, Denmark four, Britain three and the Netherlands has had one case of the illness so far. 

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Jun 21, 2021

Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know

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The brand new Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre has opened in Dubai. We take a look at what this smart hospital offers. 

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.”

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