VTEC in Germany: Update 10/6/11


Today the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is reporting that in the EU, 795 HUS cases, including 22 deaths, and 2287 non-HUS cases, including nine deaths, have been reported since the beginning of the VTEC/HUS outbreak associated with Germany. Cases have been identified in a number of countries. To date no cases have been reported from Ireland. The latest reports on this outbreak from ECDC can be found here

Investigations in Germany indicate that illness is linked to the consumption of organic bean sprouts from one local producer. They have rescinded their warning against the consumption of tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. The Authorities in Germany are recommending that raw bean sprouts should not be consumed. Fuller information is available on the website of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.