17 dead in Europe from killer bacteria: German authorities

1st June 2011, Comments 0 comments

An 84-year-old woman has died in Germany as a result of a mysterious killer bacteria which has so far claimed 17 lives in Europe, regional authorities in Lower Saxony said Wednesday.

The woman died of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) on Sunday in northern Germany.

A total of 16 people have now died in Germany and one in Sweden as a result of contamination by the bacteria which has sickened hundreds more since mid-May.

Confirmed cases of the full-blown HUS has risen to 470 from 373 reported on Tuesday, the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's national disease centre, said Wednesday.

These figures relate to official numbers for Tuesday and Monday respectively.

© 2011 AFP

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