21 Dead, 2,000 Infected: E-Coli Infection Swamps German Hospitals

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Even as the insolvent EU scolded Russia for daring to ban imports of raw vegetables from EU countries 3 days ago releasing the following statement, "The European Commission protested to the Russian Federation this
afternoon against the Russian ban imposed earlier today on all EU
vegetable exports to Russia, and requested the immediate withdrawal of
the measure" there is no chance that Russia will comply (adding insult to insolvency), following the latest report from Reuters that "German hospitals are struggling to cope with the flood of E.coli victims, Health Minister Daniel Bahr said on Sunday, as the death toll rose to 21 with more than 2,000 people infected across Europe....Hospitals in the northern port of Hamburg,
epicenter of the outbreak that began three weeks ago, have been moving
out patients with less serious illnesses to handle the surge of people
stricken by a rare, highly toxic strain of the bacteria.
" Needless to say, this is good news for the Keynesians out there: in addition to earthquakes, volcanoes, rain, snow, floods, droughts, tsunamis and nuclear power plant explosions, worthless economists will now have viruses to blame for "one-time, non-recurring" misses to their latest set of expectations.

From Reuters:

"We're facing a tense situation with patient care," Bahr told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday. He added hospitals outside Hamburg could be used to make up for "insufficient capacity" in Germany's second largest city.

At a news conference with Bahr in Hamburg, state health minister Cornelia Pruefer-Storcks said local officials were scrambling to relieve a looming shortage of doctors.

"We want to discuss with doctors about whether those who recently retired can be reactivated," she said, adding that medical staff in Hamburg was battling exhaustion.

Bahr later told N-TV network: "Those hospitals with enough capacity are supporting those that don't have enough capacity. That's the way we're getting control of the situation."

Authorities in Germany are racing to track down the source of the pathogen, which has infected people in 12 countries -- all of whom had been traveling in northern Germany.

Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, the German center for disease control, said on Sunday the death toll had risen to 21.

Officials believe people were made ill by eating lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers or other raw salad vegetables in Germany. Scientists suspect the source of the contamination may have been poor hygiene at a farm, in transit, or in a shop or food outlet.

Many of those infected have developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly complication attacking the kidneys.

The grissly details:

The rare strain of E.coli has the ability to
stick to intestinal walls where it pumps out toxins, sometimes causing
severe bloody diarrhoea and kidney problems. Some patients have needed
intensive care, including dialysis. It has hit women more than men, and
most of those who have died were elderly.

The resulting complete avoidance of salads may be good news for the stock of wienerschnitzel, wurst and spatzle makers. Also, a good time to short vegetarians:

Officials had identified a restaurant in the northern port city of Luebeck as a possible place where the bug had been passed to humans after at least 17 people infected with E.coli had eaten there and one later died from complications.

The proprietor of the German meat-and-potatoes restaurant told Reuters his kitchen tested negative for the deadly E.coli strain and none of his staff had fallen ill.

People in Hamburg were steering clear of salads.

"I'm a vegetarian, so it hits me especially hard," said taxi driver Wolfgang Roenisch. "I've stopped eating cucumbers, tomatoes and salad."

In other news, expect the "Hamburg Cell" to get a whole lot more press coverage in 5....4....3...

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cossack55's picture

To be known as "Infected shit hits the fan"?  Avoid Hamburg salads by never leaving the Reeperbahn.

Ahmeexnal's picture

So when Germany blamed Spain, it was OK to ban spaniard cucumbers. But now that it has surfaced the culprit is Germany itself, banning german vegetables is a sin?

It's time the german serfs riot and burn the Bismarcks and other imperial families.


Angela Merkel has announced "salad stress tests" in order to pacify the [dying] sheeple.


All facts point to the conclusion that this might be the new Black Plague, just what TPTB have been praying for.


Time to take your colloidal silver. While the sheeple pray to their Big Pharma gods and stuff themselves with useless antibiotics.


wandstrasse's picture

salad stress tests



mophead's picture

There is no outbreak. Here's what's really happening:

1) Sick person goes to hospital (people get sick all the time)

2) Paid-off nurse/doctor poison's the patient

3) Person dies

4) Hospital makes a statement: "a patient died from ecoli/swine flu/etc,  and there might be an outbreak"

5) The public panics, now everyone with a slight stomachache goes to see the "doctor"

6) Some of the new patients are poisoned, leading to more deaths, leading to a greater panic, leading to more "sick" and potentially sick people seeing the same hospital, rinse and repeat #2 and #3

7) The public: "do something! do something!"

8) We have found the source, it appears to be in the _________ (one or more random food products)

9) The public: "well, what the hell are you going to do about it?"

10) The officials: "uh, uh... we're not sure"

11) The public: "you fkn stupid dumb assess, take the products off the shelf already!"

12) The officials: "well, okay... if you insist" :)

13) There is a shortage of food, food prices rise, rising prices tend to be "sticky" (lookup that term), the government debt is reduced

Financial Repression at its most sinister level. Have I not said that these things are going to happen on a more frequent basis? This is exactly what happened in Mexico with the "swine flu". Also the Ecoli in the peppers. These people are not getting sick or dieing from viruses or bacteria, they are being POISONED.

Here's a tip for the Germans: don't see the doctor unless you believe in Keynesianism/Creative Destruction.

TK7936's picture

When the greeny Gas creating Bio reactors turn out to be the source we might just have to turn back the fukushimas on.

merehuman's picture

latest i found out is the culprit is a german factory.  Glad they found the source.

Dejean Splicer's picture

What would happen if e-coli could be spliced into pollen spores and overcome the obvious mechanic limitations of invasive cell growth while successfully determining cellular polarity?

With the latest breakthroughs in multiplexed nanostructured microelectrode Integrated Circuits, could this pollen develop boundary awareness to a geographic location given geo coordinates? Maybe jooyorkcity?

Nah. .mil would turn off the satellites.

Cathartes Aura's picture

the majority of NATO countries have daily aerosol coverage, including dessicated blood, pathogens, along with the heavy metals. . . it's biowarfare folks, and all part of the plan.


"When most people look up they see clouds - We See Potential"


Spirit Of Truth's picture

So an outbreak of E. Coli has occurred in a city named "Hamburg" from people eating vegetables.  Is there some dark irony here?

Needless to say, this is good news for the Keynesians out there: in addition to earthquakes, volcanoes, rain, snow, floods, droughts, tsunamis and nuclear power plant explosions, worthless economists will now have viruses to blame for "one-time, non-recurring" misses to their latest set of expectations.

BTW, all historical phenomena are part of the "cycles in mass mood" IMHO:


Cathartes Aura's picture

from the link:

"First it's the `evil' Spaniards, and then you hear, very surprised, that it is our neighbor," said Dietrich Benni, who lives near the German farm. "It's a bit scary all of this, especially that it is coming from an organic place."

He added: "No more organic food for me for now."

oh well done, deep thinker.

ursus.peracto's picture

Ever get your salad tossed by a German?


Better than a Chinese BJ.

ursus.peracto's picture

Went to a water park with the wife and kids.


I saw a few Muslimas in full garb in the wave pool. Full freaking costume. Veil, black bedsheets.


In the FREAKING wave pool!!!


I'm shook.

daveeemc2's picture

They use human sewage to grow their food, just like we do in usa (zh- get familiar with hr254-sewage label bill...and call u're rep asap). The difference is that over there, they can grow anythng in it, where as here, there is a wait period. Multidrug resistance is a big deal- it means survival of fittest;stong bugs survived mixed stew of human waste+ pharmasuticals. Sludge/sewage is *not* organic.

AladdinSaneGirl's picture

Why Hamburg? The connection of this city to Al-Q is a strange coincidence imho (one of the 7/11 suicide pilots nurtured by Hamburg cell). Soon after death of Bin Laden too. Dare say the authorities have noticed a possible link??

A Man without Qualities's picture

No, the authorities try to work on plausible explanations before leaping to the absurd (unless they work in the Department of Homeland Security, that is, when they assume everything is a terrorist plot) 

AAPL_Short's picture

Yeah, like cow shit. Instead of moslem shit.

Roger O. Thornhill's picture

Here's what I've found....

"Meanwhile, scientists who deciphered the genetic code of the killer bacteria have discovered that it is a cross between an extremely dangerous strain from central Africa and a hitherto unknown strain in Europe.


Scientists said through genetic transfer, the new strain has acquired the capability not only to produce deadly toxins in large quantities, but also to colonise the bowel more effectively. The new strain is also reported to be resistant against several medicines, including some antibiotics.

Even though it is not uncommon for bacteria to evolve and swap genes, scientists are baffled how the African and European strains came together to produce the most aggressive E coli bacteria ever surfaced. It can cause the potentially deadly haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which results in acute kidney failures, seizures, strokes and coma. More than 520 patients have been diagnosed with HUS symptoms all over Germany."


knukles's picture

Stop it!
Everybody just stop it and calm down.

It's temporary.
Even when two vastly disparate albeit distantly related strains of bacteria wed (Very, very far away from your immediate thought BTW, of you and or your distant cousin in Arkansas.  And no she didn't post it on Facebook or Tweeter or whateverthefuck.  That was John Edwards' peinis-photo, not yours or Weiner's.) they usually do so with human aide.  Like in bio-labs.  You know, sorta like Lyme Disease coming fro Plum Island, which is today recognized as factual.

But then again.... back to the main plot line of the missive.
It's all temporary.  Including this.  Because all bacteria, etc., genetically mutate over time, so it by definition it's temporary.  And when any gubamint says so, they're Not Lying.
And there's an App for this shit, too.  And probably just as infected.

Long live the Empire!

Jack Sheet's picture

Current probabilities (educated guess, no data):

- engineered pathogen 50%

- environmentally induced mutation/recombination 50%

We check again in a week's time.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

If this is bioterrorism, then this outbreak will spread rapidly throughout Europe as the distributor(s) do their evil bidding.  If the outbreak is contained, then it's likely a natural occurrence.  JMHO.

seek's picture

Unless this outbreak is just a test run to see how effective it is.

Assuming, for a moment, it's not a natural outbreak, i would call this fairly effective. Going with the terrorism angle further, if it were to be used again  I'd expect a pause followed by a a much wider (i.e. not just Europe) coordinated distribution. The Rajneeshi cult in Oregon tried something similar to this in an attempt to manipulate an election back in the '80s, but with a much less effective organism.

What will be most telling is if the source tracing comes up with multiple foci of initial contamination with the same organism; that doesn't happen by accident very often. Since we now have multiple foods being impacted, if it's not occuring at a central point of handling (i.e. warehouse) the alarms should be rinnging as well.


tarsubil's picture

If this was engineered, they'd know by now or soon. They'll probably have the entire thing sequenced soon. In which case, they'll see if a biotech kit was used to construct it.

AAPL_Short's picture

It is already known and in the news that it was caused by bean sprouts. God damn tree huggers !!! It is basic practice to use manure (i.e. shit) as a fertilized in agriculture. When you put manure to a field in April and harvest in August, all bacteria life will be transformed over the long hot summer. Has been practiced for millenia. But when you pour manure over bean seeds and collect the sprouts a few days later, the bacteria life will resemble that of, yes you guessed it, shit.

tip e. canoe's picture

a perfect metaphor on how humans can't wait for nature to do her thing and have to tweak shit to fit their desperate growth models.

tip e. canoe's picture

the irony is that beans take nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil.  if they would have just been a little patient and let the beans grow in the last planting cycle, they could have avoided having to dump raw shit on the fields.   funny but sad shit.

AAPL_Short's picture

Indeed. I recently read an article where one tree hugger had given only soy milk to her newborn son for ideological reasons. The son's growth, mental and physical, was severely retarded when he was taken to an emergency room some months later. Beyond repair too.

Burnbright's picture

You would think a tree hugger would just give breast milk... oh well. 

AAPL_Short's picture

But a hard core veggie will not offer milk. Even from her own breasts, it seems.

goldfish1's picture

You read one article and now you're an expert.

it was caused by bean sprouts. God damn tree huggers !!!

That's a non sequitur.

knukles's picture

Yeah, well, any mother that just gives her kid soy shit instead of her own breast milk deserves to have the generational transmission of her genetic material curtailed for the good of humanity.  

There are serious fucking reasons upon which the concept of natural selection was founded.

Cathartes Aura's picture

echoes of the "Nestle baby milk scandal":

Advocacy groups and charities have accused Nestlé of unethical methods of promoting infant formula over breast milk to poor mothers in developing countries.[14][15] For example, IBFAN claim that Nestlé distributes free formula samples to hospitals and maternity wards; after leaving the hospital, the formula is no longer free, but because the supplementation has interfered with lactation, the family must continue to buy the formula.


soon people won't know which corporate food to trust, which country of origin is better/worst. . . more codex alimentarius food policing will be "demanded" by the herds. . .

knukles's picture

. . . more codex alimentarius food policing will be "demanded" by the herds. . .

By Jove, he's got it!

goldfish1's picture

Ain't only the tree huggers buying "soy" . Messes with your hormones. Probably GMO soy is even worse for you.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

I didn't realized soy has teats that would make it possible to get soy milk.

ursus.peracto's picture

I knew there would be a Scheiße video reference here on ZH.


Love the wit here.

goldfish1's picture

17 at one restaurant yet 1,700 sickened? Looks like there's more to this story.

knukles's picture

Maybe it's a chain.  In California there're chains called Weinerparadise, Weinerschnitzel and Hot Dog on a Stick.  There's a Congressman name Weiner kinda stuck on a stick, too. 
Sort of a German connection.  Maybe get Sporutmushinabun?  Sounds kinda Northern European.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

The Germans did invent shit porn.  Maybe those 17 guys ate a hearty salad and took a shit on 100 other German perverts each?

tarsubil's picture

There is absolutely nothing conclusive about that report.

Sean7k's picture

Maybe another lab release like the various flu viruses they release to test vaccines? Has anyone checked Bayer?

AAPL_Short's picture

Calm down. The reason is cow shit. Manure.

Sean7k's picture

Why? Because that is what you read in the news? It could be the reason or not. Little early to tell at this juncture.