Should U.S. Citizens Be Concerned About the Recent E. Coli Outbreak in Germany?

Many U.S. citizens are concerned following a deadly outbreak of E. Coli in Germany recently.  While it was first thought that the E. Coli food poisoning originated with cucumbers, those living in northern Germany are now being warned against eating raw vegetables period.  No salads, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. If you ever become ill from food poisoning, it is smart to obtain a diagnosis of your illness and if necessary obtain E. Coli Treatment for risk prevention. You can learn about common E. Coli symptoms here.

Dr. Jorg Debatin, director of the Hamburg Medical Center, stated that “At this point, we still have to assume it has something to do with vegetables.”  Debatin stated to CNN on June 3rd that the source is still a mystery.  In recent days, several individuals in the U.S. have become ill with E. Coli, but these individuals had visited Germany and are believed to have contracted it there.

In what is now being called the deadliest outbreak of E. Coli, at least 19 have died in Europe and about 2,000 are believed to be infected in at lease 12 countries according to the World Health Organization.   Authorities are investigating, and believe they may be getting closer to determining the source of the potentially deadly bacteria.  Bean sprouts were suspected recently, but officials say it’s still to early to say precisely what the source of the E. Coli is.

Thus far there have been 573 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) confirmed in Europe.  HUS is a form of kidney failure; this is the highest number of cases ever recorded in an outbreak of E. Coli worldwide.

Should citizens in the U.S. be concerned about becoming infected with E. Coli?  Probably not.  Since the origin of the outbreak has yet to be determined and began in Europe, it isn’t likely that anyone in the U.S. will contract food poisoning, which isn’t contagious from one person to another.  Even though a few individuals who visited Germany have returned to the U.S. with the illness, there is no cause for alarm.

Additionally, tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers imported to the U.S. from Spain and Germany will be tested prior to being sold in the U.S. according to David Elder of the FDA.  Only a small amount of produce sold in the United States each year originates from Germany and Spain.

Hopefully the source of this outbreak will be determined soon before more people become ill or possibly lose their lives in Europe.

Brown Chiari is a team of Buffalo food poisoning lawyers dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients.  Contact one of our Buffalo personal injury attorneys for a free evaluation of your case.

Leave a Reply