courtesy www.cdc.govDear Readers:
I would ask those of you who are so inclined to join me in prayer for all those affected by the European STEC O104:H4 outbreak.
Preliminary 'reports' are that there are two (or more?) suspected cases among U.S. service members currently based in Germany.
LET US PRAY:
You are the all-in-all of this world and universe and beyond.
We know that your Power is incomprehensible, and we ask you now to spare your children from the ravages of one of nature's most cruel entities, this rogue bacteria.
Please uplift and strengthen those who suffer...fix their bodies that they might bear testimony to your Mighty Work.
Encourage, strengthen and enlighten those who labor in the medical field, that they may prevail in the face of uncertainty.
And when healing is not possible, please, Lord, allow us to understand that we need not fear as long as our faith in You remains strong.
In these days and times, help us to to always remember You first, others next and ourselves last in a true spirit of 'agape'.
Remind us that we are not alone in this world, but that our brothers and sisters are here, too.
We pray these things in our individual traditions, which for Christians is in the Name of the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit.
AMENReverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"
"Two U.S. servicemembers based in Germany were suspected of being victims of Europe's E. coli outbreak Friday, as European authorities said the outbreak was "stabilizing."
U.S. military medical officers were awaiting test results from samples taken from the ill servicemembers -- and they could be confirmed late Friday or Monday, according to Phillip Tegtmeier, a spokesman for the US military's Europe Regional Medical Command.
"We're testing [for E. coli] as a precaution," he told military newspaper Stars and Stripes on Friday.
One of the U.S. servicemembers, an airman, remains in the hospital at the Spangahlem Air Base, in western Germany.
The other American reportedly affected was treated and released while based in Heidelberg, 48 miles south of Frankfurt.
The two suspected US military cases were among some 2,000 people hit by the E. coli outbreak across Europe, which so far claimed 18 lives, AFP reported."