The country’s chief hygiene officer Michal Vit has told Czechs there is no reason for concern if they observe standard precautions when preparing food. He stressed that all fruits and vegetables should be properly washed and where possible peeled in order to prevent bacterial infection. Slicing boards and knives should also be properly washed before coming into contact with other food. Mr. Vit asked people to check out the list of stores which had the potentially infected cucumbers on sale and dispose of any suspect produce they may still have.
The Czech Food Inspection authority has ordered intensified random checks
on all market vegetables in connection with the Spanish cucumber scare. It
emerged on Sunday that over 200 potentially infected Spanish cucumbers
imported to the Czech Republic, of which 120 were sold on the market. The
vegetables came from Germany on Tuesday and were distributed to over a
dozen retailers in different parts of the country; the same German dealer
also supplied cucumbers to Austria, Luxembourg and Hungary.
Potentially infected Spanish cucumbers are believed to be behind an outbreak of E.coli bacterial infections in Germany, the UK, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. At least ten people have died of the infection in Germany, another 30 are in reported to be in serious condition.
The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority on Monday ordered a nation-wide inspection of fresh vegetables. The decision comes after more than a hundred Spanish cucumbers possibly contaminated with a deadly mutated E. coli bacterium went on sale in several health food outlets in the country. Czech authorities are implementing the checks after vegetables with the infectious bacteria killed ten consumers in neighboring Germany.
Some 120 Spanish cucumbers possibly contaminated with the mutated E.coli
bacteria have been sold on the Czech market, a spokesman for the
country’s food inspection authority said on Sunday. The vegetables came
from Germany on Tuesday and were distributed among retailers the
authorities are now trying to identify ; the same German dealer also
supplied cucumbers to Austria, Luxembourg and Hungary, the spokesman said.
Another shipment that arrived in the on Thursday has not yet entered
Spanish cucumbers and other produce are believed to have caused an outbreak of the E.coli bacteria in Germany, Denmark and other countries. In Germany, ten people have died of the infection and hundreds of others fell ill.
The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority began inspections on Friday of vegetables imported from Spain in response to the outbreak of the E.coli bacteria. Eight people have died in Germany of the infection which has spread to several other countries. A spokesman for the Czech food and drink watchdog said inspections will go on for at least a week; first results should be known by Monday. Meanwhile, a number of retailers, including Tesco and Kaufland, have pulled Spanish cucumbers, tomatoes and other produce off their shelves.
According to the results of a survey focussing on satisfaction with health care provided, Czechs are most satisfied with the dental care they receive and least satisfied with the standard of care in hospitals. The survey conducted by EHIS indicates that 88 percent of Czechs are happy with the care provided by their dentist, and 85 percent are satisfied with their GP, but only 65 percent of respondents could say the same of care provided in Czech hospitals.
The number of cancer patients in the Czech Republic is on the increase, according to latest statistics. More people however are being saved from death thanks to timely modern care. The statistics show a 2% rise of cancer rates in men and 1.5% in women. In 2008 there were 77,541 new cases and 27,571 deaths. The most common type of malignant tumour in the country is skin cancer, which accounted for a fourth of all cancer in 2008, followed by intestinal, lung, and breast and colon cancer. Most of the patients were over sixty, though 171 children were also diagnosed and 40 died that year.
President Klaus has signed into law a bill which will formally end compulsory vaccination of children against tuberculosis, something that doctors have already started doing in practice. Child specialists have long advocated a change of law saying that the possible complications linked to the given vaccination far outweigh the risks of contracting the disease in present-day Europe. Vaccination will be recommended to parents of children in high-risk groups who travel to countries where tuberculosis is still a problem or those who have a family history of TB.
The dean of the medical faculty of Charles University Tomas Zima has warned Czechs against heavy drinking. He said Czechs frequently underestimate the danger of alcohol or even believe that a certain amount of alcohol daily is beneficial for their health. Recent figures show that on average Czechs over 15 consume 16.5 litres of pure alcohol per year, while the world average is 6.13 litres. An alarming trend is the growing number of women and teenagers who develop a dependency on alcohol.
A young Vietnamese man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for growing marijuana. Police found some 400 cannabis plants in a house near the eastern town of Opava. The 24-year-old has pled not guilty, saying he was paid 20,000 crowns a month to mind the house and the plants for a fellow Vietnamese. He said he was caring for the plants because he believed they were to be used as animal feed.
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