E. coli outbreak

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What is E. coli? 



E. coli is a common bacterium that is found in the intestines of humans and warm-blooded animals. Nevertheless, this particular strain, a rare serotype of EHEC (E. coli O104:H4), is severe, and has caused much illness and some deaths in Germany. Cases have also occurred in 12 other countries, all of whom had travel links to, or residence in, Germany, except for one case still under investigation.This is a significant outbreak of HUS. It is affecting mostly women and people over 20 years of age, which is unusual. As the source of the outbreak has not been found, it is difficult to say how long it will last...[Full story


Latest updates 



Germany expecting more E.coli deaths

Germany expects the death toll from the E.coli outbreak to rise although the number of new infections from the virulent strain of bacteria that has killed 24 people is likely to drop, the government said on Wednesday...[Full story]

Slovakia's 1st case of E.coli infection confirmed  

• Germany finds deadly E. coli on cucumbers again

EU considers 30% compensation to farmers

• HK health chief warns of imported E coli cases

EU to aid farmers hurt by E.coli outbreak

• Bean sprouts possible source for E. coli outbreak

Chinese scientists sequence E. coli genome

• E. coli infection cases rise sharply in Germany

Europe on alert over tainted cucumber scare

• Danish cucumbers do not contain E. coli bacteria

Number of confirmed E.Coli cases rises to 11 in Denmark





German scare over contaminated cucumbers 

E-coli outbreak hits Northern Europe

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E. coli cucumber blame strikes Spanish hard

Cucumber fear spreads in Europe 


FAQ: Information for the public 



1. What should I do to avoid getting EHEC?

2. Should I avoid eating cucumbers and other vegetables?

3. What if I get diarrhoea?

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