The origin of cucumbers contaminated with the bacterium E. Coli is still unknown
June 2, 2011: An unknown source has caused the outbreak of the cucumbers contaminated with the bacterium E. coli.
The European Commission raised ‘health warning against Spanish products for having not found evidence that they were the cause of the epidemic, but authorities are still looking for the true source of the outbreak that each day extends out of control and that have created about 17 dead and more than 1,500 people affected, including several in serious condition in nine countries.”
The European Commission said in a statement that “The latest results of tests on samples of cucumbers, carried out by competent authorities, showed that the Spanish vegetable is not responsible for the outbreak affecting Germany and other Member States.”
According to the authorities of the World Health Organization (WHO), “Scientific analysis of the bacterium E. coli, responsible for an outbreak that left 17 people dead in Europe indicate that it is a strain that was not detected before. ”
According to WHO experts, “the strain is a mutant form of two different types of bacteria E. coli is lethal genes, which could explain why the outbreak in Europe is so virulent. So far, 1,500 people were infected with the bacteria. ”
British authorities reported that “On Thursday, 3 new cases detected, and to date a total of 7 affected in the country.”