E. coli infections kill 6 and sicken hundreds in Germany

A recent E. coli outbreak originated from raw vegetables has killed about six people and sickened hundreds in Germany. This announcement is made by National and global health authorities on Monday and the first investigation results is released by Robert Koch Institute, the German federal unit responsible for disease control and prevention under Germany’s Ministry of Health. Report suggests that the infections is originated from consuming raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. The agency has advised consumers (specially from northern Germany) to avoid consumption of these vegetables.

The reason of six deaths has been studied thoroughly and a statement is released by World Health Organization. Three of the deaths were caused by hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, from E. coli. The other three were caused by an infection linked to HUS and E. coli.

According to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 329 cases of HUS have been reported since May 2. Though HUS is generally seen in children younger than 5 but in the recent outbreak majority are  adults and more than two-third are women.

The European Food Safety Alert Network has identified Spain as the possible origin of the problem because EHEC, or enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, a strain of E. coli that causes hemorrhage in the intestines, was found in organic cucumbers originating from Spain and packaged in Germany before distributing it to various countries. Russia has suspended all imports of vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers and salad leaves, produced in Germany and Spain.

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