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May 30, 2011 3:17 pm

E. Coli Outbreak in Europe Kills 13

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Guardian – An E coli outbreak that has killed 14 people and made more than 300 seriously ill in Germany has spread to other north European countries and is expected to worsen in the coming week.

Most of the deaths have been in northern Germany. The E coli pathogen has been identified on cucumbers imported from Spain but it is unclear if they were contaminated there, during transport or in Germany. There are 36 cases of suspected E coli in Sweden, all linked to travel in northern Germany. A small number of cases have been reported in Britain, Denmark, France and the Netherlands, all linked with travel to Germany.

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