Meat can be contaminated with
a disease, eggs can also be infected and there is nothing we can do about
it. Bacteria have become resistant. This is why eating meat has almost
become dangerous. The dangers are present below:
What 's on this
Meat and other things
March 1996. Alarming news
from Great Britain . Europe was scared to death. A new strain of the
'Creutzveldt Jacob' disease is discovered The British government tells
the people that they can only get this disease if they eat contaminated
meat. Meat from a mad cow.
Only after 5 to 15 years
people can notice that they have the symptoms. These are the same for people
and for animals.
At first the brain tissue
is infected because of which symptoms of paralyses occur. These gets
rapidly more serious until the patient dies. The germ is transmitted through
the flesh and blood. If you would eat flesh or blood of a sick animal you
can get ill. People who had eaten this meat in the years '88 and '89 could
have been infected in this way. In these years 700 000 contaminated cows
Scientists expect most people
will die of this between 2003 and 2010.
They don't agree about the
number of casualties. This varies between 100 and 500 000.
This germ occurs in chicken
meat. It can cause the Guillain-Barre (GBS) disease. The first
stage is an infection of the gastro-intestinal tract. The syndrome can
cause a temporary or a permanent paralyses or even death. Every year, 40
till 80 people get GBS because they have been infected with Camplyobacter.
The symptoms are almost the same as salmonella infections (stomach pain,
diarrhoea, fever, vomiting, headache), but these are heavier and
the faeces may contain blood.
The E.coli bacterium may occur
in rough meat and unpasteurisized milk. It is a very dangerous germ, because
in 1997 this germ took more then
8 000 lives in Japan. In Scotland,
5 people died because they ate infected sausages. After that, 56 people
in the German state of 'Beieren' were infected. Among them, 7 children
died. The children died on 'hemolystisch Uremisch Syndrome' (HUS) in this
case, the ill person suffers from diarrhoea ending in kidney failure. HUS
is directly linked with the E. Coli bacteria.
Salmonella is a disease that can
be found in poultry products such as eggs and chicken meat. Every year
10 people die as a result of a salmonella infection and 112 500 people
get infected with salmonella.
The salmonella infection has
unpleasant effects. They are stomach pain, diarrhoea, fever, vomiting,
headache. These symptoms occur some 3 days after eating the meat and can
last up to 5 days.