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Monday, May 30, 2011

Germany : E coli outbreak claims 11th victim

Via Monsters and Critics, excerpt :

" Berlin : An E coli outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted vegetables has claimed an 11th victim in Germany, authorities in the German state of North Rhein-Westphalia said Monday.

A 91-year-old woman, who was also suffering from other health problems, died on Sunday in Paderborn after becoming infected with enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC).

The woman is the first victim outside of northern Germany. She had also been suffering from haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure caused by E coli.

Germany has blamed the outbreak on organically grown cucumbers imported from Spain, though Spanish Health Minister Leire Pajin said there was 'no proof, no evidence' behind the accusations."

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