Saturday, May 28, 2011
MORE WOMEN THAN MEN ARE BECOMING ILL AND DYING FROM CONTAMINATED CUCUMBERS
Usually it is children who are most likely to develop complications of HUS when they have one of these types of E.coli infections. The odd thing is that in the case of the currently ongoing outbreak in Europe, especially in Germany, most of those being hospitalized with HUS are adults. And, there are many more women than men. The reported illnesses change from day to day, but one analysis I did showed 78% to be female. Other earlier estimates were slightly lower. Of the ten people that have died to date in this outbreak, nine were women.
Why are more women becoming seriously ill than men? I doubt the explanation is very complicated. Women probably eat more raw vegetables such as cucumbers and are therefore statistically more likely to ingest the bacteria.
To your good health!