Monday, May 30, 2011

Killer Cucumber

The death after eating raw meat has still been controversial in Japan, but now raw vegetables like cucumbers become a massive talking point in Germany and some other European countries.

A major outbreak of Escherichia coli has killed 11 people and may infected over 1000 others.

It is thought that contaminated cucumbers were imported from Spain, but further tests are being carried out.

The aggressive form of E. coli is known to cause kidney failure and affect the central nervous system.

And in many of the reported cases, the gastrointestinal infection has led to Hemolytic-uremic Syndrome.

The symptoms include bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps.

Unfortunately it's difficult to treat with antibiotics.

It's too tragic to be killed by cucumbers...

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