According to RIA Novosti, Tatyana Firsov intestinal infection that claimed 16 lives in Germany, a man can be transmitted not only through food, but also from person to person, told senators on health Hamburg, Cornelia Prüfer-Shtorks.
"The transmission from person to person," — she said Thursday at the N-TV channel 24, referring to the data of the Robert Koch Institute.
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.
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 ten days, but in a small number of patients (young children and the elderly) infection may lead to severe life-threatening. As of last Wednesday in Germany, there were more than 1.5 thousand cases. Doctors are seeing an increase in the number of cases every day in some regions of the country for several hundred people.