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Hope that E.coli infections are slowing

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Hope that E.coli infections are slowing


Despite almost 200 new cases in Germany in the first two days of this month alone, infection rates of the virulent strain of E.coli are said to be slowing.

If true, it will be at least some good news for the country’s fresh produce suppliers, whose livelihoods have been decimated in the wake of the outbreak.

At least 18 people have died and more than 1,800 been infected by the bug since it was detected on the 1st of May. The outbreak has been centred on Hamburg in Germany.

Germany has apologised for initially blaming cucumbers from Spain. But that has not stopped hundreds of thousands from being binned.

“What is unusual in this situation is that the percentage of people who actually have severe complications is higher than we expected. And we usually expect to see that in children and in older people. So it is very unusual for us to be seeing this in adults.” said Dr Andrea Ellis, an epidemiologist for the WHO.

Scientists say the E.coli strain is a new hybrid form toxic to humans. Consumers have been warned off fresh produce but EU specialists now say the warning may not be justified as the source of the outbreak has still not been identified.

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