Health Highlights: June 6, 201106/06/11
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Test Shows No Link Between Farm Sprouts, E. Coli Outbreak
Official test results released Monday did not show any link
between sprouts grown on a German organic farm and a major E. coli
outbreak in Europe, health officials said.
So far, 22 people have died and more than 2,200 have been
sickened in the deadliest known E. coli outbreak in modern history,
Associated Press reported. The outbreak involves a highly
aggressive, "super-toxic" strain of the bacteria.
Preliminary test results released Sunday had suggested that bean
and other vegetable sprouts from a farm in the Uelzen region
between Hamburg and Hanover were associated with E. coli infections
in five German states.
Late Sunday, German Health Minister Daniel Bahr said that "while
we have strong and clear indications that a farm in Uelzen is
involved (in the E. coli outbreak), we have to wait for the
official lab results," the
The farm was shut down Sunday and officials recalled all of its
produce, including herbs, fruits, flowers and potatoes. Two
employees of the farm were among those infected with E. coli, the
Consumers have been warned against eating any sprouts and a
general warning remains in place for cucumbers, lettuce and
The new test results, announced by the Lower-Saxony state
agriculture ministry, mean that the exact cause of the outbreak
According to the
AP, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that two prior reports of a similar strain of highly toxic E. coli have been recorded elsewhere. One case involved a 29-year-old South Korean woman, reported in 2006. The other, from 2009, involved a small cluster of cases in the Republic of Georgia.
Jack Kevorkian, Proponent of Assisted Suicide, Dead at 83
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, dubbed "Dr. Death" because of his support
for assisted suicide, died Friday in a hospital outside of Detroit,
Associated Press reported.
Suffering from pneumonia and kidney problems, Kevorkian, 83, had
been hospitalized since May. A close friend of his told the
AP that Kevorkian was listening to his favorite music by
Johann Sebastian Bach shortly before his death. The friend said he
was conscious Thursday night and was looking ahead to discharge and
Kevorkian, who claimed he assisted in more than 130 suicides,
was an outspoken advocate for critically ill patients'
right-to-die. He was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder and
served eight years in a Michigan prison.
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