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article imageE. Coli outbreak hospitalizes seven children in France

By Andrew Ardizzi     Jun 16, 2011 in Health
Paris - Seven children are in serious condition in the French city of Lille following an E. Coli outbreak linked to frozen ground beef.
The children, aged from 18 months to 8 years old, are being treated for infections connected to E. Coli, which causes vomiting and severe diarrhea.
Daniel Lenoir, head of the health agency in France's Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, told the Guardian the agency was certain the latest outbreak was not the same bacterial strain identified on German sprouts, but stated five of the children had eaten frozen ground patties.
The beef used to make the frozen patties came from farms in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
French regional health authorities have asked the manufacturer, SEB, to recall boxes of ground beef with expiration dates of May 10-12, 2012, CNN reports.
Guy Lamorlette, SEB chief executive, told the Guardian the recall affects about 10 tonnes of meat, but added the company analyzed the burgers before they were delivered to supermarket distributors.
Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for the European commission, said the French outbreak isn't as serious as Germany's, stating the discovered strains are common and composed only 93 of 3,000 strains found in 2010, the Guardian reports.
Vincent added the commission is waiting for more information before placing blame on any party.
There are nearly 3,350 cases of E. Coli in Germany, resulting in 37 deaths as of June 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) states.
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