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German E. coli linked to Spanish cucumbers

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German E. coli linked to Spanish cucumbers


Cucumbers imported from Spain may be the source of an outbreak of E. coli in Germany. Three out of four of the vegetables in an organic shipment carried the harmful bacteria. The tested cucumbers were being sold in Hamburg supermarkets.

State authorities confirmed the findings by Hamburg’s Institute for Hygiene and Environment, which detected E. coli in the Spanish cucumbers.

Researchers at the University of Munster are working to create a test for the strain. Four people have died and there have been reports of a few infections in the UK, Sweden and Denmark. In the past two weeks, at least four hundred people in Germany have been affected by the life-threatening intestinal infection.

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