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E. Coli outbreak troubles Midwestern woman

A Midwestern woman with personal experience dealing with E.coli bacteria recognizes how much the bacteria can change a person’s life. She is calling the E.coli outbreak in Europe horrible. The 24 year-old woman states: “It kind of makes me sick. You think they would learn by now.” Four years ago, the woman became ill with E.coli after eating a hamburger. Her life dramatically changed from the illness – after nearly a year in the hospital with brain and kidney damage along with paralysis from the waste down that ended her career as a dance teacher, the woman settled her product liability lawsuit against Cargill in 2009.

Now, the recent news of the European E.coli outbreak is leaving the food poisoning victim shocked. She stated that officials have an obligation to ensure that contaminated food products do not make it onto the market. She expressed that officials need to think about it and take their time.

Thus far in Europe, there have been seventeen wrongful deaths related to the new strain of E.coli and more than 1600 people have gotten sick. Almost everyone affected had visited Germany recently, including three Americans. The source of a new, so-called “super toxic” strain of E.coli is still unknown. The most recent culprits include raw tomatoes and lettuce. With no source of the outbreak confirmed yet, other countries, including Russia, have executed a ban on vegetables to include the entire European Union. Unlike other E.coli bacteria strains that scientists are more familiar with, this E.coli strain is affecting many adults and especially affects women. Former E.coli outbreaks affected children and elderly the most. Scientists have questioned that the strain of E.coli may possibly be a combination of two E.coli bacteria, but they have never seen this strain before and are unsure of exactly what is composing the new E.coli strain.

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