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1 abolitionist  Jun 2, 2011 8:19:59am

18 dead - Updated 05:08 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011
WHO: E. coli outbreak caused by new strain

LONDON (AP) — The E. coli bacteria responsible for a deadly outbreak that has left 18 dead and sickened hundreds in Europe is a new strain that has never been seen before, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Older news - Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Severity of Europe E. coli outbreak stuns experts

But the bacteria involved in the latest outbreak, EHEC, causes more severe symptoms, ranging from bloody diarrhea to hemolytic uremic syndrome — the rare kidney condition that the most seriously ill patients are suffering from. At least 373 people in Germany and 15 in Sweden have come down with the syndrome, which normally kills roughly 5 percent of the patients who get it.

The syndrome is not just a short-term problem: Ten to 20 years after they recover, between 30 percent and half of survivors will have some kidney-caused problem, experts say.

EHEC = enterohaemorrhagic E.coli

I expect the following will be promptly updated as story develops:

E coli outbreak spreads across Europe: interactive map


2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak

An ongoing Escherichia coli O104:H4 bacterial outbreak began in Germany in May 2011.
2 calochortus  Jun 2, 2011 8:49:12am

But, the free market should take care of that shouldn’t it?
// (Do I really need the sarc tag?)

3 shutdown  Jun 2, 2011 9:00:16am

re: #2 calochortus

But, the free market should take care of that shouldn’t it?
// (Do I really need the sarc tag?)

You don’t, but let’s examine the true meaning of “free market” just as a lark. Free markets, if understood in the new Libertarian context of markets which are entirely free of regulation or supervision, would allow poor people to consume contaminated food and die, and their survivors to work at slave wages in factories. Yay free markets! Boo social contract!


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