Date Published: Thursday, October 16th, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/4024
Earlier this week we reported on an emerging E. coli outbreak in which eight people were diagnosed with a food borne illness that was possibly linked to undercooked ground beef. Now, the Vermont Department of Health issued another warning against the consumption of undercooked meat in response to two new cases of E. coli infection. All of those infected—including one child who was hospitalized—are recovering from bacterial illnesses, which health experts traced to a single source of ground beef distributed to “a few restaurants in Vermont,” according to a department release.
E. coli are a group of bacteria found in animal
intestines and feces. Some strains are necessary for digestion; some
are harmful, even deadly, such as the very rare and toxin-producing strain E.
coli O111 that made headlines in the recent
Left untreated, E. coli toxicity can result in
kidney damage and failure, said Deputy State Epidemiologist Susan Schoenfeld.
important to remember that eating undercooked meat—as well as consuming raw
milk products—is always a risk for E. coli and other bacteria that can cause
severe illness, especially in young children, the elderly, or people with
serious medical conditions,” she said.
The Department of Health release stated
that cooking ground meat beyond the pink stage is no guarantee that harmful
bacteria have been killed and recommends using a thermometer to verify food
has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
And, now, infectious diseases are becoming more resistant to bacteria because of antibiotic overuse and abuse with instances of drug resistant E. coli being reported world-wide and similar in path to a mutated staph called MRSA—Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. When not treated early, MRSA is resistant to all but the one antibiotic of last resort. In addition to the spread of E. coli and the growing antibiotic resistance of infections, there is compelling data that the negative health effects of E. coli can remain for months and years later confirming these illnesses can have long-term, lasting effects that can either linger for months or years or can show up months or years—as late as 10-to-20 years—after the original illness.
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