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Cause of outbreak of E coli in Germany is still uncertain

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3454 (Published 02 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3454
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

The cause of the outbreak of severe bloody diarrhoea and potentially lethal kidney failure from infection with enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) in Germany has still not been identified, but is no longer thought to be caused by Spanish cucumbers, as originally announced by the German authorities.

Hamburg senator Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks announced that a bacterium has been found on cucumbers, but not of the type 0104, which led to the outbreak of E Coli. By …

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