30-5-2011 What can we try against cucumber enterocolitis? Komkommers en Coli

What can we try against "cucumber" E.coli enteritis?? [Komkommers en Coli]

Why is the word Ginger not mentioned even once in the news ?? See below
Has anybody tried it??

At the moment one can't hear a Radio / TV news edition in Holland without cucumbers being on the "main menue".


Death toll rises in cucumber E.coli outbreak

By Rory Harrington, 30-May-2011

Related topics: Quality & Safety

The virulent strain of E.coli 0104 thought to have been carried on Spanish cucumbers has now killed 10 and sickened 1,000 as the effects of the contamination crisis spread across Europe.

The vast majority of the cases have been recorded around Hamburg in northern Germany, with authorities issuing a national warning to consumers to stop eating raw cucumbers, tomatoes and salad.

"As long as the experts in Germany and Spain have not been able to name the source of the agent without any doubt, the general warning for vegetables still holds," said German Agriculture and Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner.

Europe-wide alert

The bacteria at the centre of the food contamination incident is enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), a powerful STEC - shiga toxin-producing strain of the bug. Victims presenting with Hemolytic-uremic Syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney problems and bloody diarrhoea, are those most at risk.

The Sweden-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has labelled it "one of the largest described of HUS worldwide and the largest ever reported in Germany".


German investigations have continued to focus on organic cucumbers from the Spanish provinces of Almeria and Malaga as one source, although inquiries into other potential sources remain ongoing.

The European Commission confirmed Friday that a batch of cucumbers originating in the Netherlands and traded in Germany were also under scrutiny.

Cases in France, the UK, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands have also been reported – although these are so far believed to concern either German nationals visiting these countries or persons who had visited Germany. Almost 70 per cent of the victims have so far been female.

Yesterday, the Czech Republic and Austria removed some Spanish-grown cucumbers off store shelves over contamination fears. Czech officials warned tainted vegetables could also have been exported to Hungary and Luxembourg.

Closely monitoring

Food safety officials in Austria confirmed suspect Spanish cucumbers from Malagan company Frunet SL had entered the country via a German wholesaler. It added the recall included tomatoes and eggplants.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said it was following the situation closely, while the Commission said it would be monitoring developments daily through the RASFF network and the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS).

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See a few articles below I have in my file.

Diarrhea In Developing World

Science Daily — The popular spice ginger shows promise as a treatment for bacteria-induced diarrhea, the leading cause of infant death in developing countries, according to a preliminary study in animals conducted by researchers in Taiwan.

Ginger shows promise for fighting a deadly type of infant diarrhea. (Credit: Courtesy of the American Chemical Society)

If confirmed by further studies, the findings could lead to an inexpensive, easy-to-obtain alternative to drug therapy for the condition, the researchers say. 

In studies using laboratory mice, Chien-Yun Hsiang and colleagues showed that an extract of ginger blocked the toxin responsible for diarrhea caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (E. coli), which accounts for 210 million cases of diarrhea worldwide and causes 380,000 deaths yearly. They also showed that zingerone, a component of ginger, is the likely compound responsible for this effect.

"In conclusion, our findings provide evidence that ginger and its derivatives may be effective herbal supplements for the clinical treatment of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli diarrhea," the researchers state. Additional studies are needed to determine the effective doses of ginger needed and whether it is safe for infants, who may experience unexpected side effects from large doses.

This study, "Ginger and Its Bioactive Component Inhibit Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli Heat-Labile Enterotoxin-Induced Diarrhea in Mice," will appear in the Oct. 3 issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Note: This story has been adapted from material provided by American Chemical Society.

About A. millefolium

However, for true yarrow [A. millefolium] has moderate antibacterial activity has been documented for an ethanolic extract of the herb against
Staphylococcus aureus,
Bacillus subtilis,
Mycobacterium smegmatis,
Escherichia coli 
Shigella sonnei and Shigella flexneri.

About Vanadium

Dietary supplements containing vanadium are used by body builders to help beef up muscles and by some diabetic people to control blood sugar. New research now suggests the naturally occurring but easily toxic element may help prepare the body to recover speedily from infections from gram-negative organisms such as E.  coli.