E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

German E.coli outbreak declared over

26th July 2011

Germany's national disease control centre today says it is declaring the country's deadly E.coli outbreak over. The Robert Koch Institute says that no-one has fallen ill for three weeks - a period that covers the disease's incubation time.

There were 52 deaths in all - 50 in Germany and one each in Sweden and the U.S. That made it the world's deadliest E.coli outbreak.

The bacterial strain involved caused an unusually high number of cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) a severe complication that can lead to kidney failure. A total of 4,321 people fell ill in Germany - 852 with HUS. There were some 140 more cases in 15 other countries.

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