World leaders and celebrities named in Russian blackmail case

Image copyright Monogram Image caption Ryan Lewis, left, and Mark Ronson are among the famous faces caught up in the Covid case Last year police in France were faced with the unusual situation of…

World leaders and celebrities named in Russian blackmail case

Image copyright Monogram Image caption Ryan Lewis, left, and Mark Ronson are among the famous faces caught up in the Covid case

Last year police in France were faced with the unusual situation of hotel guests testing positive for a strand of bacteria normally found in cats’ faeces – while they were on holiday in the country.

As a result some travellers were left uncharged for their stay, as it was found that the trip of two British couples, linked to hip-hop producers Ryan Lewis and Mark Ronson, had been sabotaged.

The men were among a select group of people to be invited to join a fact-finding expedition for musician and television producer VSN Thurman and researchers Gary Zimet and Jane Dargo-Zimet, commissioned by the New York Times.

After finding the travellers had returned with certain infections, the team were shown evidence that some of their travel-related experiments had been “inadvertently provocative”.

After the men tested positive for C. diff, they were given three days off without charge while they were isolated.

But their experiment was rejected and sent back to back to British authorities.

They were then banned from entering the country while their holiday was delayed.

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First and foremost let’s discuss how this case proves that bacteria from pets’ poo is not harmless.

There is still a major misconception that various strains of C. diff bacteria can be passed to humans, for example through contact with cat litter, thus making the bacteria harmless or similar.

Of course C. diff is harmful, but it can be controlled – and found in a pittance of cases in the developed world, according to studies.

However, the virus or fungus, which is what we know as C. diff, will also grow on surfaces in hotels, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

In fact it is estimated there are over 1,000 reported human infections per year in the UK alone.

In the case of the Ronson’s tour, several products were tested including linen, food and samples of the Ronson’s urine.

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