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Dangerous E-coli strain found in Germany

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Dangerous E-coli strain found in Germany


Public health officials in Germany are trying to discover the source of an outbreak of E-Coli which has killed two people and made at least 300 others sick.

In Frankfurt ten victims have been hospitalised, four of them in intensive care. It seems most of those afflicted are adult women. Several cities in Germany have also reported cases.

Reinhard Burger from the Robert-Koch Institute explained: “This is not a new intestinal germ but what is exceptional is the relatively huge number of cases which have lead to severe illness.”

Experts believe uncooked vegetables may have helped spread this outbreak among women while preparing food for their families. E-coli causes stomach cramps, diarrhoea and sometimes kidney failure.

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