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careful what you do with that cucumber, they can kill

pierre_pierre
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careful what you do with that cucumber, they can kill

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13587182
Germany: Ten die from E.coli-infected cucumbers
The cucumbers, believed to have been imported from Spain, were contaminated with E.coli which left people ill with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS).
Hundreds of people are said to have fallen sick.
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pierre_pierre
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Re: careful what you do with that cucumber, they can kill

Its getting worse
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13597080
A deadly E.coli outbreak linked to cucumbers is expected to worsen in the coming days, a scientist says.
Fourteen people have died in Germany and hundreds are ill from infections linked to contaminated vegetables.

But Spanish officials have refused to accept the blame, saying it is still unclear exactly when and where the vegetables were contaminated.
Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's national disease institute, has confirmed 329 cases in the country - though some reports have mentioned as many as 1,200 cases.
In Sweden, authorities said there have been 36 suspected E.coli infections, all linked to travel in northern Germany.
GP Dr Rosemary Leonard says salad vegetables should always be thoroughly washed
Cases have also been reported in Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK.
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Re: careful what you do with that cucumber, they can kill

According to todays Times one worker at a farm in Spain has reported that they spray the cucumbers with slurry.
Presumably foliar feed  Sad
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Re: careful what you do with that cucumber, they can kill

GP colleague of mine is staying for a few weeks whilst he does a 'locum', flew in last  night (30th), he normally works for WHO in Switzerland on communicable diseases, but does 2 months Locum at our local surgery each year.
He says he has come prepared for a E.coli outbreak.
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Re foliar feed
http://www.vegetable-gardening-gnomes.com/foliar_feeding.html
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Foliar feeding means to by pass the plant’s root system and deliver plant nutrients dissolved in water directly to plant cells through their leaves. Most gardeners, organic or not, usually feed nutrients to their soil, let them breakdown, and wait for the roots to take them up. It’s very effective, but slow. If you begin to see a nutrient deficiency, you need a quick fix.
Feeding the nutrients in liquid form by spraying the leaves is that quick fix. Some gardeners see the results within hours.
Organic gardeners can use liquid organic fertilizer , and others can use chemical or synthetic fertilizers like Miracle Gro . Any run off falls to the soil, where roots can later take it up later.
Or slurry  Lips are sealed
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Re: careful what you do with that cucumber, they can kill

@oldjim, thanks for the link