E. coli outbreak: Germany appeals for blood donors

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 27 Views   no discussions Share German clinics are appealing for blood donations as the number of people infected with a deadly strain of E. coli has risen above 1,730.So far 17 people have died from the bug in Germany, and it is suspected in another death. One also died in Sweden.German scientists say they have decoded the new E. coli strain’s genes, with help from a Chinese lab. It is a new hybrid form toxic to humans.Germans are still being advised not to eat raw vegetables.Nearly 500 infected people in Germany have got haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS), which harms the kidneys and nervous system and can be fatal.Europe-wide problem Most cases are in northern Germany, including Hamburg. In severe cases doctors have to perform blood transfusions.Lutz Schmidt, medical chief of the Hamburg blood donation service, said: “We need blood, plasma too. The stocks need to be replenished.”He told the newspaper Die Welt that in Hamburg many donors had responded to the Eppendorf University Clinic’s appeal for blood.E. coli usually inhabits the guts of cattle and sheep.The new strain is believed to have spread via contaminated raw cucumbers or tomatoes.The bacteria stick to the intestine walls, pumping out toxins.European health authorities are urgently trying to pinpoint the source of this epidemic.Cases of HUS have also been reported in Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain. Seven people in the UK have the infection, though all are thought to have contracted it in Germany.Two people in the US, who have travelled recently to Germany, are being tested for the strain, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Anger in Spain Spain says it will seek damages from Germany over initial claims that its produce was the source of the outbreak.Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he would demand reparations for the economic losses suffered. Germany had blamed Spanish cucumbers but has since accepted it was not the case.Spanish fruit and vegetable exporters estimate they are losing 200m euros ($290m; £177m) a week in sales.“We acted as we had to, and we are going to get reparations and the return of Spanish products to their rightful place,” said Spain’s Prime Minister Zapatero.“I believe that any other interpretation or any effort to politicise the huge mistake made by the German authorities is totally unfair.”Sales of Spanish produce to supermarkets across Europe – not just of cucumbers, but of everything – have ground to a halt, says the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford in Almeria, Spain’s “fruitbasket”.Tens of thousands of kilos of fresh fruit and vegetables grown in Spain are being destroyed, she adds.The European Union has urged Russia – its largest export market for vegetables – to drop its ban on the import of fresh vegetables, describing the move as totally disproportionate.BBC Newscenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyle E. coli outbreak: Germany appeals for blood donors by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more

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first_imgWhere: Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia Tuesday Day activities: St. Patrick’s Day Craft and Stories What: This program will feature St. Patrick’s Day crafts and stories. Call (661) 259-0750. When: 3:30 p.m. Monday >Health: Your Family’s Health Matters What: Speaker Tami Hulcher will talk about what’s in the food we eat and why is it making us sick and fat. What are the right food choices? What creates a healthy body and immune system? How do food additives wreak havoc on body functions? This is an informative lecture which will provide you with immediate solutions as well as the do’s and don’ts of eating for your health. R.S.V.P.s are required, seating is limited. Call for reservations (661) 284-6223 When: 7-8:15 p.m. Where: Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall Health: Bereavement Support Group What: A grief support afternoon group sponsored by Kaiser Permanente meets in the second-floor conference room. The group is open to the community as well as to members of Kaiser Permanente. There is no fee for attending. The groups are facilitated by trained bereavement volunteers provided by the Kaiser Permanente Hospice Department. For more caring support or information, please call the Bereavement Line at (818) 375-3528. Registration is not required. When: 4-5:30 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Medical Offices, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia Thursday Health: MS Society Self-Help Group What: Multiple Sclerosis(MS) Society Self-Help Group. A peer-led community that provides an opportunity for socialization and emotional support. Meet others living with MS in Santa Clarita. Gain information and resources. We meet the second Thursday of each month. For information, call Linda at (661) 297-3040 or Rose at (661) 297-2505 When: 6:30-8 p.m. Where: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, 22508 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita, Room 1 Clubs: SCV Quilt Guild What: The SCV Quilt Guild will meet Thursday for a demonstration from Cathy Van Bruggen (www.cathyvanbruggendesigns.com). The meeting will also include a Show and Share of members’ quilt works and refreshments. Walk-ins are welcome. The Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month. Annual dues are $25, $22 for participants ages 55 and older and $5 for guests. For information about the meetings or the group’s charity work, call Membership Chairwoman Adva Price at (661) 298-1385, e-mail her at adva_p@yahoo.com, or visit the Guild’s Web site at www.scvquiltguild.org. When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus Meetings: Networking group What: The local All Valley LeTip Business Referral Group is a group of local professionals that is dedicated to helping its members grow their businesses. Our current members include lawyers, doctors, insurance professionals, accountants, financial professionals, carpet cleaning service, gift basket service, dentist, etc. By joining our business networking group, you will have an “Instant Sales Force” available to you. One new member who joined recently made approximately $5,000 in sales in a few short months simply from networking within the group. Our group meets every Thursday morning for breakfast at Marie Callender’s on The Old Road. Visit www.AllValleyLeTip.com or call Lisa Eichman (our membership director) at 661-297-3333. You can also call publicity director, Robert Mansour at (800) 799-7449. whall 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more