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article imageGerman E. coli outbreak, case confirmed in Scotland

By Gemma Fox     Jun 10, 2011 in Health
Health officials in Scotland have confirmed that there has been at least one case of E. coli 0104 detected in a man who travelled in Germany.
Health Protection Scotland (HPS) today announced that a man who had travelled to the region in Germany where an outbreak of a new strain of E. coli began, has tested positive for the bacteria.
The man, who did not wish to be identified, contracted a mild form of the bacteria and did not require admission to a hospital. He was said to have not developed HUS (Haemolytic uraemic syndrome) which has caused the deaths of 21 people in Germany, the area most affected by the outbreak of E. coli.
The outbreak centres around one region of Germany but people who have travelled to that area have also been affected by the bacteria. Sweden has seen the highest number of cases outside of Germany but reports have come from other countries, including the USA, of people who have tested positive.
Tests have been ongoing to determine the source of the outbreak with the World Health Organisation (WHO) today stating that there was "mounting epidemiological and food-chain evidence indicated that bean and seed sprouts (including fenugreek, mung beans, lentils, adzuki beans and alfalfa) are the vehicle of the outbreak in Germany."
WHO issued the following advice:
The authorities now recommend that people in Germany should not eat raw bean and seed sprouts of any origin. Households, caterers and restaurants should dispose of any bean and seed sprouts that they have, and any food items that might have been in contact with them, until further notice.
The recommendation not to eat cucumbers, tomatoes and leafy salads in northern Germany is cancelled.
They recommend withdrawal from the market of all food products from a farm in Lower Saxony, where the implicated bean and seed sprouts originated.
Numerous investigations continue, including into delivery chains. So far, there is no evidence that bean and seed sprouts from the farm have been exported beyond Germany.
The authorities recommend strict adherence to general hygiene advice when handling food items, after using the toilet and when health professionals are in contact with patients.
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