Cucumber E. Coli Outbreak: 12 Die in Germany
12 Killed in EHEC Outbreak: Organic Cucumbers Blamed
Up to 12 people in Germany have died, and hundreds hospitalized, due to EHEC poisoning traced to cucumbers. EHEC is a virulent form of E. Coli. The rogue cucumbers were traced to Spain, and another batch of suspect cucumbers is believed to have originated in either Netherlands or Denmark.
Netherlands asserts that its cucumbers are safe. Meanwhile, EHEC outbreaks are being reported in Britain, Sweden, and Denmark, all of which have been linked to recent travel in Germany. If you're traveling to Germany, you are advised to avoid raw cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce.
Czech Republic is pulling Spanish cucumbers from store shelves. Spain denied that the deadly cucumbers came from its farms, and there have been no EHEC-related illnesses reported within Spain.
EHEC can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS); this is the largest HUC outbreak in history.