Struck Europe infection is caused by a previously unknown strain!
Intestinal infection that spread to several countries in Europe, due to a completely new strain of the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli), which was not previously known to scientists, said on Thursday the Associated Press referring to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Hilde Kruse (Hilde Kruse) , RIA Novosti reported.
Originally dangerous intestinal infection was recorded in northern Germany. It has already killed 17 people in Germany and one in Sweden. According to Rospotrebnadzor, cases have been registered in nine European countries.
According to WHO, the bacterium E. coli is often present in the gut of humans and warm-blooded animals. Most of its strains are harmless, but some strains, such as enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), can cause severe foodborne illness.
On Thursday, the agency said that preliminary genetic sequencing (the definition of the primary sequence of DNA) showed that the mutant strain is deadly and very dangerous form of two different forms of the bacterium E. coli.
"This is a unique strain that has never recovered from the tissues of patients," — said Cruz.
WHO expert added that the new strain "has different characteristics that make it more infectious and toxic."
Symptoms caused by EHEC disease — bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Most patients recover within ten days, but in a small number of patients (young children and the elderly) infection may lead to severe life-threatening.
As of Thursday, in Germany were about two thousand cases. Doctors are seeing an increase in the number of cases every day in some regions of the country for several hundred people.
On Tuesday, Senator for Health Hamburg, Cornelia Prüfer-Shtorks in German television broadcast, referring to the Robert Koch Institute reported that the infection can be transmitted not only through food, but also from person to person.
The specialists of the Institute, the infection causes acute renal failure, its origin remains unclear. Previously, scientists have assumed that the vector of the causative agent is the salad cucumbers from Spain, but this information was not confirmed. Farmers have reported weekly losses in the amount of tens of millions of euros, scientists continue to search for the peddler infection.
Dangerous strain of E. coli was detected in 7 people in the UK
According to RIA Novosti, a dangerous strain of E. coli, from which Europe has 18 people died, was found in seven patients in the UK, reports on Thursday, the Associated Press referring to the British Health Protection Agency.
As noted in the department, all those infected had recently returned from a trip to Germany, where the majority of reported cases of infection.
For more information, in particular, about what specific areas of the country identified cases of infection, and when the sick visited Germany, the agency does not.
Moreover, as emphasized in the report, the British experts there is no evidence of where the source of infection — in the country or was imported from abroad.
The number of victims of intestinal infection in Germany has grown to 17
The victim of an intestinal infection that has spread from last week in Germany, on Thursday night was another woman, spokesman University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg.
An elderly woman, who in Germany for 17 victims of dangerous infection, was a patient of the clinic, her age is not specified.
Earlier it was reported that one person died from the infection in Sweden. As of Thursday, in Germany were about two thousand cases.
The specialists of the Robert Koch Institute, the infection causes acute renal failure, its origin remains unclear. Previously, scientists have assumed that the vector of the causative agent is the salad cucumbers from Spain, but this information was not confirmed. Farmers have reported weekly losses in the amount of tens of millions of euros, scientists continue to search for the peddler infection.
Infection in Germany has caused the so-called enterohaemorrhagic bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the bacterium E. coli is often present in the gut of humans and warm-blooded animals. Most of its strains are harmless, but some strains, such as enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), can cause severe foodborne illness. Splash disease was first recorded in the north of Germany.
Symptoms caused by EHEC disease — bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Most patients recover within 10 days, but in a small number of patients (young children and the elderly) infection may lead to severe life-threatening.
Earlier Thursday, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko, Russia announced that his office bans vegetable imports from the EU in a number of countries which were common human disease resulting from infection with Escherichia coli, informs RIA Novosti
Intestinal "plague" to get to Europe!
According mk.ru, her "echoes" has trickled down to Petersburg
In connection with the intestinal epidemic started in Germany and then spread to other European countries Russia on Thursday banned the import of fresh vegetables from all EU member states in connection with the spread of the European states acute intestinal infection. In turn, the European Commission is preparing a protest against the ban in Russia of vegetables from the EU. So how dangerous bacteria that caused the already two dozen deaths? MK.ru and WHO published a short illustrated "Guide to safe food for tourists."
Announced the imposition of the ban, Gennady Onishchenko, head of Rospotrebnadzor attacked with sharp criticism by the European authorities, which, according to him, were unable to cope with the situation. In the European Union regard the move as inadequate and are preparing to protest, a spokesman for the European Commission Frederick Vansan. According to him, the amount of supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to Russia from Europe is three to four billion euros a year. The main exporters are Spain, France, Germany and Poland.
Despite the fact that most infections have so far to the north of Germany, experts suggest that the source of infection could be cucumbers imported into Germany, and later in other countries, from Spain. Spanish authorities refused to take the blame for the outbreak of the disease, stressing that the exact location and time of infection until the vegetables still unknown.
According to EU officials, suspicion falls on the professionals cucumbers grown on environmentally friendly technology in greenhouses in Malaga and Almeria. Two greenhouses were closed immediately. At the moment, as the representative of the EU, is under investigation, which is to find out exactly where the infection occurred — in themselves greenhouses or elsewhere.
The current outbreak of poisoning has puzzled scientists. It is believed that this syndrome usually occurs in children younger than five years old, but this time, almost 90% of newly infected — adults and two thirds of them women -. Robert Koch Institute in Germany, a research of infectious diseases, more than 300 confirmed cases of infection E.coli. According to other sources, the number of infections may reach 1,200. In Sweden, with suspected infection hospitalized 36 people, all of whom recently traveled to the north of Germany.
German authorities strongly recommend that people of the country not to eat cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce that have not been cooked. The disease is not contagious, but the vehicle of infection can spread it through cooking for others, experts say.
Disease hemolytic uremic sidromom (HUS), which can lead to kidney failure, a complication of an infection caused by a specific bacterium Escherichia coli, inform WHO. While most of the bacteria E.coli are harmless bacteria from the group called enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) can produce toxins, known as Shiga toxin or verotoxins that destroy blood cells and kidneys. Bacteria EHEC, producing these toxins, known as Shiga-producing E. coli (STEC) or verotoxin-producing E.coli (VTEC), respectively.
It is assumed that the pathogen is likely associated with this outbreak is unusual E. coli serogroup O104. At the moment conducting epidemiological investigations into the source of the disease outbreak. Despite the fact that the source is not identified, fell under suspicion and cucumbers.
Robert Koch Institute in Germany recommends people as a precaution to refrain from eating tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce, in addition to compliance with the usual hygienic measures for handling fruit and vegetables.
EHEC can cause bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. People who develop these symptoms, which are in Germany or have committed a recent trip to Germany, especially in northern Germany, should immediately seek medical help. HUS can cause acute renal failure and develop after successful treatment of diarrhea. Antidiarrheal medications or treatment with antibiotics is generally not recommended, as it can worsen the situation.
It is strongly recommended that regular hand-washing, especially before cooking or consumption of food and after using the toilet. This is especially true of people who take care of young children, or people with weakened immune systems, as the bacteria can be spread from person to person as to food and water, as well as by direct contact with animals.