Bean sprouts are identified as cause of E coli outbreak
(Published 14 June 2011)
Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3737
- Annette Tuffs
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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