At least 33 dead from killer germ outbreak: Germany

10th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

A killer E. coli bacteria outbreak has claimed two more victims in Germany, regional authorities said Friday, bringing the death toll to 33.

The latest reported victims were an 81-year-old man who died in the northern city of Hamburg, and a woman, believed to be aged 75, who died in the neighbouring state of Schleswig-Holstein, local officials said.

This brought the total number of dead to 33, all in Germany except for one woman who died in Sweden after visiting Germany.

German authorities on Friday identified vegetable sprouts as the source of the outbreak, lifting a warning against eating raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

© 2011 AFP

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