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05 June 2011 :: 09:06:09 am 54547

Public urged not to panic over outbreak of E. coli

BANGKOK, June 4 -- The public is urged not to become too alarmed over an outbreak of the potentially fatal new strain of E. coli in Europe and is advising careful washing of vegetables before consuming while travelers who have just returned from Germany or other European countries should consult doctors immediately if they experienced acute diarrhoea, a senior Thai public health ministry officer said Saturday.
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Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the discovery of the E. coli O104 bacteria has so far puzzled medical experts and the infection is expected to continue for “several months.” The death toll from infection in Germany and the rest of the world has now reached 19.

Several agencies under the public health ministry have now joined in monitoring the new bacteria, said Dr Suwannachai, adding that laboratory tests would be conducted on people suffering from acute diarrhoea, high fever and vomiting.

People who had returned from Germany or other European countries following the outbreak of the disease in mid-May until now and have stomach pain and diarrhoea should consult doctors immediately instead of taking anti-bacteria medicines by themselves as it could exacerbate sickness.

So far there is no report of importing vegetables from countries where the disease is spreading but Dr Suwannachai pointed out that the new bacteria could be destroyed by simply heating to over 70 degrees Celsius.

He said people should wash hands both before and after eating and serving spoon should be used in case of more than one diner. Vegetables which are used in cooking must be washed for over two minutes and at least twice under running water in order to get rid of residual chemical substances.

Report by : MCOT

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