May 30, 2011: E. coli Outbreak in Germany Leaves 14 Dead While Sickening Hundreds

As of May 30, 2011, 14 people have died and over 300 left seriously ill in Germany due to an E. coli outbreak involving a very virulent strain of the bacteria.  Additionally, 36 cases of suspected E. coli have been reported in Sweden, with a small number of cases being reported in Britain, Denmark, France, and the Netherlands.  All cases have been linked to travel in Germany. 

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The source of the outbreak appears to be contaminated cucumbers imported from Spain.  However, German and Spanish officials have been unable to determine whether the cucumbers were contaminated in Spain or in transit to Germany.  

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