UPDATE # 2
A child in Virgina died of E. Coli this weekend and two others are hospitalized in Tennessee. Researchers are culturing the E.coli to see if it is the same strain of the bug as in Germany.
If ya' think about it, T90s, F-22, an' all them toys is very expensive. Security is tight too. Two easy ways to bring a country to a halt? Food and water. Jes' sayin'.....
Update: some have finally asked the big question--can this E. coli outbreak be an incidence of bio terrorism? Now the the German scientists say it ain't the Spanish cukes, ain't the bean sprouts, an' they now wonder whar' the stuff came from, nature or terrorism?
Here's a news clip:
After all, E. coli has been identified by government officials and scientists as a potential bioterrorism agent.
Bioterrorism is defined by the Centers for Disease (CDC) as the intentional use of bacteria, viruses or natural toxins as a weapon to kill, injure or produce disease in people, animals or plants. Terrorists may use this kind of attack to create fear, disrupt the economy, or to get a response from the government.
... there are a couple of things that are unique about this particular strain, compared to E. coli we’ve seen in the past...“This strain (0104:H4) is a hyper-toxin producer, which means it produces more toxins than the usual strain, and causes hemolytic uremic syndrome (a complication of an E. coli infection that can lead to kidney failure) at approximately double the rate of the E. coli 0157:H7 strain...In his 42 years at the department of microbiology at NYU School of Medicine, Tierno said he has never seen the 0104:H4 strain – not once – ever.
E. Coli an' you:
Here is ah, er, "food" fer thought. That pricey 24 buck per pound fillet mignon ya' eyed at the local chi-chi emporium, it ain't nuthin' but meat scraps held together wif' bacteria paste an' pig plasma.
A'fore ya gag up yore breakfast, it ain't allowed in the USA and the the Euros outlawed it last year, but the Aussies is eatin' it regular-like.
Click here for the revolting secret on video
If that ain't enough to gag a maggot, what about the new strain of E. Coli thas' kilt 18 folks in Germany and sickened 1700 more? The Germans blamed it on Spanish cucumbers, but now the Swiss and French and Italian and German labs say, "NO, it ain't in the cukes." Even Germany's Merkel has apologized an' agreed that the EU will have to reimburse the zillions this has cost Spanish agri-bidness in dumped produce.
The plague broke loose in Hamburg, at a festival whar' a million folks had to be fed--no Spanish or French or Italians is sick from eatin' the Spanish produce. Seems then the problem is generated somehwar's else--like in Germany itself, mebbe? yeah, in their own sprouts. Hmmn....the secret horror is that this is a strain of E. coli that ain't really known much--and though some news report that it is a "mutant" strain the US researchers say it ain't--and the Italians say it ain't--they say it is the dreadful E. coli 157 , but that monster somehow has picked up a new gene that makes it super-virulent--and of course, highly resistant to antibiotics.
"One of our partner institutes examined the bacteria,” said Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman, by telephone today. “It’s one that’s never been seen before in an outbreak situation.” European authorities are searching for the source of the bacteria, which appear to be more virulent than previous E. coli outbreaks. Tests conducted on samples showed that cucumbers imported from Spain aren’t responsible for the outbreak...."
Oh, it's so good to know WHO is on the job. "The crisis is the deadliest E. coli outbreak in modern history." The German hospitals are overwhelmed and the sanitary conditions are "horrendous" according to AP.
Jes' to keep the fun goin', turns out that E. coli is one of the easiest bacterias to play wif' in a lab. Industrial microbiology can jigger the DNA on it an' create the specifics needed fer various laboratory experiments. Ain't that cute? Gits ya feelin' all warm an' fuzzy right? An' guess whar' they do a lot of that industrial microbiology? Yep, ya' got it.
Vladimir Putin done said "Ain't no Euro produce comin' in Russia'" so the trade wars are on....
How many of us'uns is already food wary? How many is already thinkin' of how to source better vittles?
Iffin' any of ya' has a trusted source fer grass fed beef, I'se interested.
I'se lookin' fer mah own small farm. I'll ship to special clients. Heh.