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Jul 06, 2011

Jul 06, 2011

ECDC chief airs lessons learned during E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Europe's Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak is a reminder that even countries with strong public health systems are vulnerable to epidemics and that systems for detecting and responding to diseases need to be continually strengthened, Dr Marc Sprenger, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said yesterday.

Jul 05, 2011

Jul 05, 2011

EU recalls and bans Egyptian sprout seeds

(CIDRAP News) – The European Union today ordered the recall and ban of certain types of seeds from Egypt after a new report from its food safety agency further detailed a link between the products and Escherichia coli outbreaks in Germany and France.

Jun 27, 2011

Jun 27, 2011

Sprout seeds suspected in French E coli cluster

(CIDRAP News) – France has reported a cluster of Escherichia coli O104:H4 infections that officials suspect may be linked to sprouts from a local source, fueling suspicions that contaminated seeds might be the source of both Germany's huge E coli outbreak and the French illnesses.

Jun 13, 2011

Jun 13, 2011

E coli cases grow as more evidence points to sprouts

(CIDRAP News) – Cases and deaths in Germany's Escherichia coli outbreak continued to climb over the weekend as officials tied the outbreak more firmly to sprouts and health officials and politicians looked for lessons from the crisis.

Jun 07, 2011

Jun 07, 2011

German E coli probe yields few new findings

(CIDRAP News) – German investigators working on a major enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) outbreak revealed little new information today, as the number of infections continued to rise and new details emerged about four American cases linked to the outbreak and an atypical pattern some doctors are seeing in severely ill German patients.

Jun 06, 2011

Jun 06, 2011

Initial tests negative for outbreak E coli in German sprouts

(CIDRAP News) – German authorities investigating a possible sprout link to a large Escherichia coli outbreak said today that lab samples are negative so far, dashing hopes for a quick end to the investigation and adding more confusion to the search for the source.

May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011

Smallpox virus destruction talks falter at WHA

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Assembly (WHA)committee that took up a resolution to destroy the remaining stocks of smallpox virus failed to reach an agreement today, despite a working group's attempts to find an acceptable solution.

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