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Jan 18, 2011

Jan 18, 2011

Northern Hemisphere countries show steady rise in flu

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity is increasing in many of the Northern Hemisphere's temperate-zone countries, with influenza B cocirculating with the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus across Europe and teaming up with influenza A (H3N2) in the United States and Canada, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update.

Jun 05, 2011

Jun 05, 2011

Sprouts linked to European E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – German officials today announced that they have tentatively linked bean sprouts grown in the northern part of the country to a massive Escherichia coli outbreak, a development that US experts say could help explain some of the outbreak's puzzling elements.

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 08, 2011

Jun 08, 2011

New E coli findings put spotlight back on sprouts

(CIDRAP News) – German health officials investigating a large Escherichia coli outbreak released new findings today that cast more suspicion on bean sprouts, though tests on a cucumber found in a sick family's compost reportedly yielded the outbreak strain.

Jun 09, 2011

Jun 09, 2011

Sprouts data complicate outbreak investigation

(CIDRAP News) – An epidemiologic report from German investigators yesterday said the initial case-control study found that just 28% of patients reported they had eaten sprouts, the lead suspect in Europe's Escherichia coli outbreak, pointing up a factor can be difficult to interpret in foodborne illness situations.

Jun 14, 2011

Jun 14, 2011

E coli cases slow as more details on pathogen emerge

(CIDRAP News) – German authorities investigating the nation's biggest Escherichia coli outbreak said today that the number of new cases has dropped significantly, as European scientists released the latest results from a genetic analysis of the unusual strain, which they say might have a human reservoir.

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.

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