Sunday, June 5, 2011

The epidemic began to overwhelm hospitals in northern Germany

Berlin. .- The North German hospitals are beginning to have problems to address the epidemic unleashed by the dangerous bacteria E. coli, admits Health Minister Daniel Bahr, in remarks published today by the newspaper "Bild am Sonntag." "We have a complicated situation in terms of supply to patients," acknowledged the Liberal minister.

The solution will now compensate for problems in hospitals in Hamburg and Bremen, the cities hardest hit by vacancies in schools in the area, he added. The newspaper said on Wednesday Bahr maintain a crisis meeting with Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner, and with leaders of health and agriculture of all the states.

Meanwhile, the epidemic continues to expand throughout the country to an ever increasing rate. At least 520 patients suffering from severe version of the disease, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which has already claimed at least 18 lives in Germany alone. The authorities still fail to locate the source of infection.

The strongest track is pointing to a restaurant in the city of Lübeck in the north. Seventeen people who ate at the local level between 12 to May 14 were infected. The researchers, however, failed to detect traces so far of the bacteria in place.

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