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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6332

Cases of E coli linked to unwashed vegetables: England, Wales, and Scotland had 250 cases of Escherichia coli O157 phage type 8 between December 2010 and July 2011, public health agencies have said. Most cases were mild, but 74 people needed hospital treatment and four developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome. One person with underlying health problems died. At the time of the outbreak the agencies didn’t know the cause but now suspect that the infection was passed on through loose leeks and potatoes that weren’t thoroughly washed.

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