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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Britain reports new E. coli cases linked to Germany

Via New York Post :

" LONDON : Britain said Thursday that it recorded four new cases of people infected with a deadly strain of E. coli, all of whom were linked to Germany, as fears grew over the spread of the bacteria, which was initially found in cucumbers.

Britain's Health Protection Agency confirmed four new cases of infection, bringing the UK's total to seven, Sky News reported.

Three of the new cases were Britons who recently traveled to Germany, and one was a German on vacation in the UK.

The agency warned travelers to Germany, particularly its northern areas, to avoid eating raw tomatoes, cucumbers and leafy salad -- and to report any medical problems immediately.

Earlier Thursday, Spain's prime minister demanded European compensation after Spanish cucumbers were wrongly blamed for the outbreak in Germany, with tests showing no signs of infection, AFP reported.

"Yesterday [Wednesday], it became clear, with the analyses carried out by the Spanish agency for food safety, that there is not the slightest indication that the origin of the serious infection is any Spanish product," Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in an interview with Spanish national radio."

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