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Mysterious Outbreak of E. coli in 6 States

Posted by feww on June 9, 2012

E. coli outbreak NOT related to contaminated food: CDC

E. coli bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses, including one death, spread across 6 states.  Georgia has so far reported 5 cases, Louisiana 4, including a child’s death, Alabama 2, with one case each in Tennessee, Florida and California.

The source of outbreak, which occurred in April and May, has NOT been identified, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

Shiga-like toxin-producing Escherichia coli. Image Courtesy of the Helmholtz Center for Research on Infectious Diseases.

Transmission electron micrograph of E. coli O157:H7 showing flagella. Pseudoreplica technique. Photo Credit: Elizabeth H. White, M.S.; Content: CDC/ Peggy S. Hayes

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“During the past decade, the emergence of drug-resistant E. coli has dramatically increased. As a consequence, the management of [urinary tract infections] UTIs, which was previously straightforward, has become more complicated; the risks for treatment failure are higher, and the cost of UTI  treatment is increasing,” said a report.

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Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • New Mexico, USA.  Gov. Martinez has declared state of emergency in Catron County, where the largest wildfire in state’s history,  Gila National Forest wildfire (Whitewater Baldy Complex fire), has consumed about 275,000 acres, with less than a third contained.
    • The blaze is currently the largest active fire in the United States.
    • The fire was sparked by lightning on Wednesday May 16th, 2012.
    • The fire has a HIGH growth potential, with air temperatures exceeding 78ºF and humidity reported at less than 3 percent.
  • Russia. The authorities in Russia’s southern Stavropol region have declared a state of emergency in 8 districts amid severe  drought.
    • Drought has forced the authorities in Rostov also to declare a state of emergency in 3 districts.
  • Idaho, USA. Bonner County has declared a third state of emergency so far this year.  Heavy rain and high waters have flooded several areas washing out roads.
  • Edinburgh, Scotland.  The legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Scotland has grown to at least 74 confirmed and suspected cases.
    • One person has  died, at least 14 are in intensive care, and 44 others are hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment.
    • Age of confirmed cases is between 33 and 76.
    • Meantime, a Scotish distillery, North British Whiskey Co.,  has closed down its cooling towers and halted production,  a report said.
    • The site in Wheatfield Road is close to the building site where the outbreak claimed its first fatality last week.

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Imported Food Alert 22 Oct 2008

Posted by feww on October 22, 2008

This information comes from:

New Zealand Health Alert Bulletin # 22. E.coli found in NZ milk, and listeria in yogurt products

for more details go to:

NZ Visitor Warning: E.coli detected in milk, listeria in yogurt

The E. coli strain serotype O157:H7 can cause serious food poisoning in humans.

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times. Each individual bacterium is oblong shaped. Photo by Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA, ARS, EMU.

Listeria monocytogenes

Source: Bacterial Meningitis. Image may be subject to copyright.

“Group B Streptococcus, Escherichia coli, and Listeria monocytogenes are the most common causes of meningitis in neonatals. In the United States, about 17,500 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported annually.”

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