14 E. Coli Cases in U.S., 2,200 Sick and Scores Dead in Europe

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 17:17 PM
June 18, 2012

    Emergency!  Beware of an E.coli outbreak in the U.S.  Already in six states, this dangerous bacteria has killed an infant and left 13 others sick.  E. Coli is running rampart in Germany and other parts of Europe where over 2,200 people have been sickened and some two dozen are dead.  Scientists advise that the “high-prevalence season” for E.coli is from April through September!

Thus far, the source of the germ in the U. S., or in Europe, has not be determined.  Ironically, the majority of cases in the U.S. are in Georgia, where the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is located.  The other states with infected victims are Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana and California.

As they attempt to track down the source of the E.coli bacteria, a CDC spokesperson said, “The investigation is looking at both food and non-food sources as a part of the ongoing investigation.”

Dr. Alfredo G. Torres, of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, calls this germ “. . . a relatively rare and lethal form of the bacteria.   Germany has experienced the largest outbreak of E. coli ever seen in Europe.”

J. Patrick O’Neal of the Georgia Department of Health tells ABC News:  “We know that these cases are all linked, and that would suggest that there was a common source somewhere along the way.  We just don’t know where.”

The infant, Maelan Elizabeth Graffagnini, was just 21 months old when she died in a hospital in New Orleans.  Two other victims in the New Orleans area have also been stricken with the same E. coli strain. This strain is called 0145.

Researchers are shifting carefully through all reported data attempting to find a common factor connecting all struck down by the disease.  Tom Gasparoli from the Louisiana Department of Health believes “The likely exposure is a food source.  But this has yet to be confirmed. Often, the contact source is not found.”

To prevent the disease from touching you or your family, follow these simple rules: 1) Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing diapers or touching animals––singing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ at least twice; 2)  Cook all meat thoroughly, especially hamburger, to at least 160 degrees; 3) Do not drink unpasteurized milk, juice or other dairy products; 4) Scrub all fruits and vegetables, and where possible, cook them––i.e. avoid raw vegetables; 5)  Wash hands after handling poultry; 6) Do not swallow water when swimming.

Above all, consult Christian prayer books for verses on disease prevention and healing such as:  “. . . I Am The LORD that healeth thee (Exodus 15: 26);”  “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases (Psalm 103: 3);” “If my people . . . shall humble themselves, and pray, . .   then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7: 14).”

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