Cucumber virus captures new countries

The number of victims of the deadly intestinal infection covers new country. A threat

not known. The number of victims and affected continues to grow. First Germany, then Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK. Now even the Czech Republic and the United States. It registered the first infection. Doctors confirmed that the infection can be transmitted from person to person.

Meanwhile, Russia has imposed tough sanctions — a complete ban on the import of vegetables from all EU states. Health services fear that along with fresh herbs in the country can get a deadly E. coli.

In addition, introduced enhanced control and passenger transport in the EU, where the infection spreads. From May 28 to June 2 at the checkpoints on the border inspected more than 37 million passengers and about 9,000 crew vehicles arriving from troubled countries, including Germany.

"People with symptoms of infectious diseases have been identified. Enhanced control of people, cargo, vehicles continues, "- reported in Rospotrebnadzor.

Infection caused by a previously unknown strain, killed 18 people in Germany and Sweden. And until now, European doctors can not find the source of infection. Of about two thousand cases a third are in critical condition. The bacterium causes acute renal failure. Not all, but many. Women are infected more often than men.

For more than a week throughout Europe experts are trying to determine what kind of bacteria and where does it come from? At first, doctors told unofficially that it sees for the first time. The World Health Organization said, is a new form of E. coli. He, according to the preliminary analysis of DNA, is a symbiosis of two similar bacteria. Origin of mutant still remains a mystery.

The bacterium causes various diseases, which are accompanied by bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Most patients recover within 10 days, but in young children and the elderly illness can be severe and life threatening.

Russian Federal Service recommends that people who are in Germany, where the first recorded cases of infection, symptoms persist seek medical attention. "You can not self-medicate. It is not effective, but it can lead to a deterioration, "- said in a statement. The infection can be transmitted through food, and through everyday objects.

Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's chief sanitary doctor, "the much-vaunted European health legislation to move to that inclining Russia is not working. I would like to address the citizens of the Russian Federation, to be extremely careful to observe good personal hygiene. Ate fresh vegetables only after careful processing. Urge them to abandon the use of imported vegetables in favor of domestic producers. "

E. coli hits not only the health but also the economy. Between Spain and Germany was developed almost a trade war. Spanish authorities require to compensate for losses that the German leaders called Spain a source of infection.

This suspicion was not confirmed, but the demand for Spanish vegetables fell sharply, the losses are estimated in the hundreds of millions of euros. The German side as can fighting off claims.

Cornelia Prufer, Storks, Hamburg's Health Minister: "We are obliged to report all data to colleagues in the European Union. If bacteria contain cucumbers from Spain, they must be removed from sale. And the Minister of Agriculture of Spain should be the very start an investigation to find out how the infection was found on Spanish cucumbers. "

NTV correspondent Sergei Morozov notes that in the Czech Republic, which already reported outbreaks of intestinal infections, agricultural prices, by contrast, have fallen. Here, instead of bans passed the buck to the sellers, however, customers are not very reassuring.

Gedvika Gaikova, head of department of the State Inspectorate for Czech agriculture and food: "We found a lot of cucumbers, which confirmed the presence of bacteria, and it was not allowed to sell. We do not impose any restrictions. If thesome store and discard vegetables from Spain, it is only on their own. "

Russia — the largest market for EU agricultural sector. About 40% of its fruits and vegetables Europe sends it to Russia. Our citizens should not fear shortages and higher prices for vegetables, said Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik. We started the season vegetables, in addition, the volume of imports from CIS countries.

Experts believe that, in principle, European imports to Russia was not indispensable.

Sergei Khestanov analyst: "We can assume that some unscrupulous vendors use a formal ban on imports to increase in selling prices. But with this the idea is to fight the FAS, as it applies to antitrust regulation. "

Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia has already announced that it would monitor the price movements of the vegetables on the Russian market. Artemyev said that at present the market of fruits and vegetables can be called quiet, and overall FAS did not see any signs of collusion in this area.

"We will be very careful to not unreasonably raised prices," — said the head of the Service Igor Artemyev.

Ukraine is also taking precautions against dangerous bacteria, strengthening border controls over the import of vegetables from the EU. Health of their citizens attended and the United Arab Emirates. There prohibition applies to imports from Germany, Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands.

But Russia's actions, obviously, the most uncompromising. European Commission representatives were quick to call them the "disproportionate" and demand an explanation from Moscow. According to the head of Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko, the ban will be in effect until European counterparts do not establish the source of infection and the factors of infection.Source:

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