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E. coli: What’s the Worst has Passed

German Health Minister, Daniel Bahr said there is evidence suggesting that the worst phase of the E. coli outbreak has passed.

Still, he insisted that it is too early to celebrate.

“There are some arguments suggesting that the worst has passed”, Bahr said.

Also, the Ribert Koch Institute, responsible for control and prevention of diseases in Germany, announced that the number of new cases has declined, but said that it is not clear whether this trend will continue.

7 tips so you’ll never get sick

7 tips so you’ll never get sick

Meanwhile, WHO director for communicable diseases, Guenael Rodier, warned that if the source of the epidemic would not be found soon, there will never be discovered.

He added that Germany’s investigation is “chaotic” and that the resolution “is not an impossible task.

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So far, the E. coli outbreak has killed 24 people and caused illness of about 2.400. Hundreds of people have developed kidney complications.

EU health commissioner, John Dalli, said Tuesday that an outbreak of E. coli remains limited geographically and there is no reason to take action at European level.

He also accused Germany of premature conclusions – which are inaccurate – related to the source of the epidemic. Information must be scientifically safe before being announced, he said.

Minister of Agriculture of Lower Saxony, Gert Lindemann, said this weekend that there is a clear chain that proves that a greenhouse to the south of Hamburg, in Uelzen, is the source of escheria coli infection.

After this declaration, the greenhouse has been closed.

This greenhouse was growing a variety of seeds for sprouts, imported from various countries.

We are talking about adzuki seeds, alfalfa, broccoli, peas, lentils and mung beans, all grown for their seeds to be eaten in salads.

Seeds are planted in large seedbeds and it is unclear how the escheria coli bacteria got there.

Two employees of the company – whose name was not released – have developed severe symptoms of diarrhea. one case was due to E. coli bacteria.

The escheria coli bacteria

escheria coli bacteria under the microscope

But initial testing made in a laboratory from Germany has proven that germinated seeds are not responsible for the E. coli outbreak, officials announced Monday. The announcement was made after testing 23 of the 40 samples.

Previously, Germany had blamed Spain for the escheria coli epidemy. They said the bacteria traveled using imported bio cucumbers, however, this conclusion was also proved wrong.

The crisis has affected vegetable growers across Europe and led to the collapse of this market.

In these circumstances, the EU budget compensation for producers of cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce is estimated at 180 million euros.

Make sure you read our previous articles for the escheria coli bacteria: escheria coli: 7 tips so you’ll never get sick

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