The German E. coli outbreak claimed its 35th fatality at the weekend and health officials say that up to 100 people have severe kidney damage, needing either transplants or life-long dialysis. However, the rate of new infections has, thankfully, started to decline. Total confirmed cases of the virulent E. coli strain has now reached 3,255 with up to 812 of these having complications that can be fatal. The sheer potentcy of the newly discovered strain is due to an especially harmful toxin it produces The source of the outbreak is believed to be the bean sprout crop from a farm in Lower Saxony, Germany. though investigators are yet to understand how the bean sprouts became contaminated. The sheer potency of the newly discovered strain is due to an especially harmful toxin it produces, potentially causing, not only bloody diarrhoea, but also neurological disorders including paralysis in some cases. German authorities have since tightened all checks on fresh vegetables and plans are in hand to speed up lab reporting procedures. All warnings on eating raw tomatoes, cucumber & lettuce have now been lifted but kept in place for sprouts.


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