25 dead. Approaching 3000 infected. 800 very seriously ill.
Billothewisp admits he got it wrong. The Spanish Organic cucumbers were not to blame. They were infected with the wrong strain of E-Coli. That is of course assuming that there is a right strain of E-Coli in the first place.
It would appear that the cow shit sprayed onto these wronged veggies held the wrong version of the E-Coli infection. Basically the E-Coli outbreak has, as yet, not been pinned down.
But we do know where it is. We also know what it has done so far.
So, is this a not a major disaster? Should we indulge in a little hysteria? Maybe spread some fear and panic?
So here goes. Panic And Fear Mode ON:
Already 25 are dead with 800 whose lives are seriously compromised.
Even with the 3000 lesser infections: How many of these in future years will develop cancer or other fatal illnesses?
How many more infections will there be?
How many will die now?
But more importantly, how many will die later?
How many are so mildly infected that they do not even know thay have been infected?
We know millions of will die in future years from cancer and other illnesses. Can anyone say with certainty that these deaths were not triggered by a mild unreported dose of E-Coli?
How many more will die because they stopped eating healthy vegetables and then develop cancer (in later years) from the junk food they subsequently indulged in?
In fact, should we not evacuate the German state of Saxony-Anhalt until the emergency is over?
Perhaps we need to draw a 20Km exclusion zone around the centre of the outbreak.
We could forcibly re-locate the people into shelters and school halls until the emergency is over.
Perhaps we should spend billions "decontaminating" Saxony-Anhalt, so even the smallest possibility that any form E-Coli benign or otherwise, is eradicated.
You know, Just in case.
After all, if it is good enough for Fukishima, where no one died and barely anyone was "infected", surely we need to adopt similar draconian tactics to stop this E-Coli outbreak in Germany.
If you live in Saxony-Anhalt then maybe you should be afraid. Very afraid.
Panic And Fear Mode OFF:
So. Are you panicked? On the verge of Hysteria? Did that hit the mis-information spot for you?
Besides the body count (Saxony-Anhalt: 25 Fukishima: 0) the main difference between The Saxony-Anhalt Disaster and the Fukishima Disaster is the tsunami of self serving hysteria from the press that surrounded Fukishima.
While there is obviously a great deal of concern over the E-Coli outbreak, the press, so far, have avoided the incoherent feeding frenzy of fear that accompanied the difficulties in Fukishima.
In years to come, the "Fukishima Disaster" that killed no-one, and injured maybe 20 workers will still be held up as a item of fear and dread.
While a preventable toxin, produced in bovine effluent that killed dozens and crippled hundreds, leaving many in need of a transplant, will be quietly forgotten.
Nobody will remember the Saxony-Anhalt Disaster. Except maybe those left bereaved or on dialysis.
Worse still, you can guarantee that sometime, somewhere in the world the Saxony-Anhalt Disaster will be repeated again, and again, and again.
But (sensibly) we won't stop eating vegetables.
p.s. I just read on Google News that it may have been the Cucumbers all along. See News Report Here
Dare I say: Cucumbers are obviously intrinsically unsafe. Maybe they should be be banned?
You know it makes (non)sense