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article imageE. Coli Outbreak: Roundup of latest news

By Al Boe     Jun 1, 2011 in World
As the death toll in Europe from an E. Coli outbreak continues to rise, Digital Journal updates you on the latest news about the outbreak from various sources.
The death toll has risen to 16 in Europe, according to CNN, citing local officials. The first 13 deaths occurred in Northern Germany, but now 2 deaths have been confirmed in the Southern part of the country, along with a death in Sweden, which occurred after a woman visited Germany.
CNN spoke with a hospital Official about the outbreak.
"Here in Hamburg we're pretty much at the epicenter," Jorg Debatin, medical director of the Hamburg Medical Center, told CNN. His hospital has 600 to 700 infected patients, Debatin said. About 20% to 30% of them develop hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, "a very severe complication," he said.
The hospital is especially concerned about 85 patients -- 20 children and 65 adults -- who may go into renal failure and develop neurologic symptoms, he said.
According to the BBC, several countries have stopped importing or exporting cucumbers throughout Europe. Although Germany has put the blame on Spain for the tained cucumbers, Spain still denies it, and threatens to seek compensation for lost revenue.
Digital Journal has been all over this story from the beginning. Check out our previous reports here, here, and here.
Stay with us for continuing coverage of this health crisis.
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