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Bean sprouts are identified as cause of E coli outbreak

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3737 (Published 14 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3737
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

The source of the Escherichia coli epidemic in Germany that has cost 35 lives since 9 May has been identified as bean sprouts grown at an organic farm in Lower Saxony.

However, health authorities have yet to establish how the dangerous E coli strain came to the farm: whether transmitted by people, water, seeds, or some other vector.

The breakthrough was confirmed at a press conference in Berlin held jointly …

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