Friday, March 6, 2009

Food and Medicine: Fat Duck-An Update

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Food And Medicine: Fat Duck.

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It May Not Be All In The Mind

The Independent reported:
A thousand of Heston's diners face medical tests
By Martin Hickman, March 6, 2009.

“In its first statement about the outbreak, the Health Protection Agency (HPA), which was called in by the council, said the Fat Duck's managers were ‘co-operating fully’, and added: ‘The number of possible cases reported to the restaurant has risen since media coverage of the outbreak, to about 400 going back to late January and mostly through February.’

“The HPA said it was investigating the characteristics of every person affected, their symptoms and the food they ate. It added that it was planning further tests on ‘all those who ate at the restaurant during this time, whether they reported being ill or not’.

When a large number of people are affected then a chemical poison has to be the prime suspect because some individuals have acquired resistance to infective agents, viral or bacterial. The exception is the highly virulent
E. Coli O157:H7 where as little as 10 can cause serious problems. There often would be fatalities though with E. Coli O157:H7.

Ducks in Teochiu, China © 2008 Am Ang Zhang

In one of my postings It May Not Be All In The Mind it was eventually proved that thallium was the culprit.

If it is sabotage, then thallium, which is still available as a rat poison in some countries, will be the main suspect as it is so tasteless that even the highly sophisticated rat cannot tell.

Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea are indeed the first symptoms that appear within 48 hours after thallium exposure.

That is serious sabotage though.

The race is on to find the culprit.

Good luck Fat Duck.

News Update: The New York Times

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