Cucumbers continue their killing spree in Europe. E-coli to blame for multiple victims.

May 30, 2011

There is a new serial killer in town.

Killer salads are stalking the dinner tables of Europe and E-coli is to blame. So far 10 unfortunate people have lost their lives in Germany, hundreds have fallen ill and the outbreak is far from over, barely contained and little understood.

Thought to have originated in Spanish cucumbers imported into Germany, the E-coli cucumber killing machine is marching across Europe. Victims have been hospitalised in Denmark, The UK, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands. Cucumbers have been taken off the shelves in The Czech Republic and Austria and other green salad vegetables are most probably going to follow as cucumber fever grips. It is not a good time to be a vegetarian in Europe at the moment.

Two Spanish greenhouses which are thought to be the epicentre of the problem have been closed and are under investigation, but the damage has already been done. The cucumbers responsible were exported to Germany, and Hamburg in particular, where over 450 people have been cut down with the kidney problem causing (HUS) Hemolytic-uremic Syndrome which often strikes after E-coli. If left untreated or if it becomes violent, death can ensue.

As cucumber terror spreads, tomatoes and lettuce are being signalled out as possible bed-fellows. The head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s national disease institute, has warned people to avoid eating raw cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. Unfortunately for salad lovers everywhere. The Atkins meat only diet is starting to look like a real life saver in some parts.

What is baffling and downright confusing is not just the vehicle of the doom – cucumbers have often been described as tasteless, but now to be brandished as a killer is a huge blow to the reputation of this salad mainstay – but who it is affecting. Normally the dreaded HUS targets children but because children famously don’t eat their greens, they are being spared. 90% of those affected are adult, a further third being women. Further proof that men and children don’t like lettuce.

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3 Responses to Cucumbers continue their killing spree in Europe. E-coli to blame for multiple victims.

  1. foreign on May 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Before saying the blame lays on the spanish cucumbers please check your sources because it has already been prooved that SPANISH CUCUMBERS ARE NOT THE EPICENTRE OF THE PROBLEM. thank you very much for not telling the truth.

    • thechef on May 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you for not reading the article thoroughly. This article was published on the 28th May, when the story first started breaking. At the time Spanish cucumbers (as the article clearly states) were THOUGHT to be responsible. I point you to this article on the BBC clearly stating that Spanish cucumbers were THOUGHT to be responsible. Which they were. That is thought. We never said they were directly responsible, just that they were the initial site of investigation and consequently, thought to be responsible. Two greenhouses have been closed for investigation. To state this potential cause is only reasonable.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13587182

      Obviously such a complex trail of cucumbers is complicated and the investigation into sources can and does change. We accept that. As for your claim that Spanish cucumbers have already been proved not to be the source. Where do you get your information? As far as we can find, the Spanish cucumbers havent been ruled out. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the outbreak as “very large and very severe” and has urged countries to work together to find the source of contamination. So no proof either way. More you say?

      Cucumbers from the cities of Almeria and Malaga have been identified as possible sources of contamination, according to an EU spokeswoman.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13597080

  2. mimi on May 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    thank God we have plenty of cucumbers in our country,so we do not import any.At least we are spared,generally we are affected by what happens in Europe and the US .Tunisia is a small country,but it does appeal to the greedy politicians of these countries who never miss to intervene in our affairs or put the blame on terrorists,of course ,muslims!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This time ,it’s mother nature,or let me say it’s MAN destroying mankind.

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