According to the AP, “health officials say the death of an Arizona resident who recently traveled to Germany may be linked to the food-poisoning outbreak in Europe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said the death is under investigation. The Arizona resident had a severe E. coli complication that can lead to kidney failure. If confirmed, it would be the first U.S. death tied to the outbreak. So far, there have been five confirmed cases (Three with HUS) in the United States connected to the outbreak. Those cases are in Michigan, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

Death toll in Europe as of this morning was 43.

  • Doc Mudd

    Remarkable. This outbreak, fundamentally due to inadequate hygiene, exposes Europe’s elaborately regulated food system as being little safer than some in the 3rd world.
    All of the EU’s over-abundance of caution to restrict and track GMOs, their strict regulation of imported foods from developing countries, all of that amounted to no more than a modern day food safety version of France’s military Maginot Line in the early days of WWII (the Germans simply marched around it and captured it from the rear).
    Distractedly erecting elaborate defenses against imagined food-related risks, consumed by irrational fear and the precautionary principle, the EU was completely blindsided by very real, very fundamental food safety risks in the form of E. coli and unhygienic organic farming practices. Some little ol’ local organic farmer mixed turds with the food somewhere along the line and, just like the textbook warned in junior high health class, people got sick. No rocket science required. Indeed, it was probably aided by a prevailing penchant for beating back modern agriculture to a more primitive (or “natural”) state.
    History repeats itself. The EU didn’t learn anything from the French experience with the Maginot line, and we will probably learn nothing from the German local organic food poisoning outbreak.
    The death toll is now at 43 – remarkably sad.