Germany says sprouts source of killer bacteria outbreak

10th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany has identified contaminated sprouts as the source of a killer bacteria outbreak that has claimed the lives of at least 30 people, the head of the national public health institute said Friday.

"It's the sprouts," the president of the Robert Koch Institute, Reinhard Burger, told a news conference on the outbreak of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) in northern Germany.

"People who ate sprouts were found to be nine times more likely to have bloody diarrhoea or other signs of EHEC infection than those who did not," he said speaking of a study done of people who fell ill after eating in restaurants.

© 2011 AFP

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