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Robert Koch Institute


Robert Koch Institute

As part of the Berlin and Wernigerode, and is a part of the Federal Ministry of Health.


The Institute was formed by Robert Koch in 1891 as The Royal Prussian Institute for Infectious Diseases.[1] The director from 1917–1933 was Fred Neufeld who discovered the pneumococcal types.


The Institute prepares a report on cancer in Germany every two years.[2] The institute also plays a role in advising the German government on outbreaks, such as the 2009 swine flu outbreak.[3] In 1941 the Institute was directly involved in setting up experiments into typhus at Buchenwald Concentration Camp which resulted in the deaths of 127 of the 537 camp inmates involved.[4]

2011 E. coli outbreak

Reinhard Burger, president of the Institute, said the pattern of the Lower Saxony, Germany had come back positive for the E. coli strain behind the outbreak.[5]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ RKI: History
  2. ^ RKI: Centre for Cancer Registry Data
  3. ^ "First suspected swine flu death in Germany". The Local. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  4. ^ Richard J. Evans: The Third Reich at War, Penguin 2009, p606
  5. ^ Kirsten Grieshaber and David Rising (2011-06-10). "Germany: Sprouts Did Cause Deadly E. Coli Outbreak (VIDEO)." The Huffington Post, accessed September 25, 2011.

External links

  • Official website (German)

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