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Fatal risk of infection with minced meat – threat threatens in Mettbrötchen

Raw pork is the best way to get infected with hepatitis E. From 2006 to today, the number of infected people in Germany increased from 100 to 3000.

Hepatitis E – More and more patients in Germany

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) clarifies: "The number of food borne diseases caused by viruses is steadily increasing. For example, hepatitis E is increasingly transmitted through food from infected pigs and wild animals."

Domestic pigs are the major carriers of hepatitis E ̵
1; the virus and raw pork are the best way to get infected. (Photo: Kadmy / fotolia.com)

The yarn kills virus

The virus does not survive the heat of cooking, baking or roasting. The biggest risk is eating uncooked meat. For us, it mainly means pig fat, which we always eat raw at Mettbrötchen.

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What is hepatitis E?

The viral disease attacks the liver. Often there are no symptoms at first. Several weeks after the infection, they suffer and suffer from fever. In 99 percent of the cases, the infected did not notice hepatitis E at all, according to Deutsche Leberhilfe.

When will it be dangerous?

As harmless as the virus in most people, it becomes so dangerous in chronic liver disease, high pregnancies and People with weak immune systems. In these, up to 20 percent of cases are fatal – and there is no vaccine or medication.

Not water, but food

Previously, doctors assumed that the main source of infection was contaminated water outside the EU countries. But today it is clear that food plays a much greater role in spreading the disease. The main transmitter is the domestic pig.

European Food Safety Authority warns

Raw meat has always been one of the most important ways of transmitting animal diseases to humans. The European Food Safety Authority issues a clear warning not to consume half-cooked or straight pork.

Unknown Risks

The microbiologist Bettina Rosner also explains: "Many consumers are not aware that raw pork is at risk of infection, especially for people with impaired or immature immune system."

Danger to young children

] The most vulnerable are cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. However, these are medically cleared of light food. The Robert Koch Institute, on the other hand, found a significant number of infants who became infected with pigs after drinking pigs. Rosner says, "I imagine that small children eat Mett relatively happily. It doesn't taste that intense, it's soft, it can get dirty quickly on bread." (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

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