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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 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 10, 2011

Jun 10, 2011

Germans target sprouts in E coli outbreak, clear other foods

(CIDRAP News) – German government officials today lifted their recommendation against eating cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce, and showcased evidence that puts sprouts front and center in their investigation of a massive Escherichia coli outbreak, though the outbreak strain has not yet been found in sprouts.

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 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 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.

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 03, 2011

Jun 03, 2011

Four US cases may be tied to European E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in Europe's unprecedented Escherichia coli outbreak climbed steeply again today as the number of potentially related cases in the United States rose to four, while a scientific debate continued on whether the outbreak strain, E coli O104:H4, is new or unique.

Jun 02, 2011

Jun 02, 2011

E coli cases in Europe exceed 1,600

(CIDRAP News) – The official toll of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) cases in Europe climbed above 1,600 today, with at least 16 deaths, as the pathogen's source remained elusive and one team of scientists called the strain new and "super-toxic."

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