The bacteria are commonly linked to raw or undercooked meat or to unwashed vegetables and fruit. Cucumbers imported into Germany from Spain had initially been blamed for this outbreak, but new evidence suggested that isn’t the case.
The deaths have been attributed to hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which can occur after infection with some especially virulent strains of E. coli. The World Health Organization has warned countries about the severity of the condition, one of the more dangerous complications of E. coli poisoning.
Meanwhile, European health and agriculture authorities are closely monitoring their raw food stocks, the Daily Mail reported. Extra care is being urged in the handling of raw salads and fruit, particularly if they are imported. A question-and-answer from the BBC offers some details….”