As ilfattoalimentare.it anticipated this morning the latest news on the Escherichia coli O 104 case in Germany exonerates the Spanish cucumbers. The German Reuters news agency has just announced that the strains isolated from 2 of the 4 cucumber samples are not those isolated from the patient’s feces. Consequently, the vehicle of the outbreak may not be the Spanish cucumber.
The situation with regard to those affected continues to worsen, however, in the Hamburg area alone, cases have risen to 669, with 15 deaths, 110 hospitalized in critical condition and 373 with haemolytic uremic syndrome. The correlation between the cases recorded even outside Germany and the Hamburg region could testify in favor of different epidemiological hypotheses, for example a contamination of the water network in the rural area, as happened 5 years ago in North America, where due to a flood of Escherichia coli O 157 present in the wastewater from cattle farms has reached the fields and contaminated the groundwater. In that case, there were 2000 cases of people affected by the infection and 20 deaths.