Spain has demanded compensation for unfounded and financially damaging accusations that its cucumbers were the source of a deadly bacterial infection that has killed 16 people in Germany and Sweden.
As anger over the so-called “cucumber crisis” deepened, Spanish ministers on Wednesday took turns to protest against apparently hasty conclusions reached by German officials and the European Union.
The toll from Germany’s lethal E. coli outbreak continued to rise, with hundreds of new cases reported, while laboratories admitted they had failed to identify the source of infection.
德国疾病防控机构——柏林罗伯特•科赫研究所(Robert Koch Institute)报告称，确诊365起新的大肠杆菌感染病例，其中四分之一患者出现危险的溶血性尿毒综合征。
The Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, the government’s disease control agency, reported 365 new cases of E. coli infections, of which a quarter involved the dangerous haemolytic-uremic syndrome.
Reinhard Burger, president of the RKI, told an emergency sitting of the consumer protection committee in Germany’s lower house of parliament that the dangers of the infection had not been contained. There were preliminary indications of “person-to-person” transmission of the bacteria, he said.
西班牙副首相兼内政部长阿尔弗雷多・佩雷斯・卢巴卡巴(Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba)表示，西班牙将寻求得到赔偿，并可能对最初将西班牙黄瓜生产商认定为这种致命细菌源头的汉堡当局提起诉讼。
In Hamburg, the city at the heart of the outbreak, 668 cases were reported, up 119 on Tuesday, with 344 cases in Lower Saxony, a rise of 80.
Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, Spanish deputy prime minister and interior minister, said Spain would seek compensation and might take action against the authorities in Hamburg who initially blamed Spain’s cucumber producers as the source of the deadly strain of the bacterium.
2011-06-02 09:39 编辑：典典
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