Food Poisoning Deaths Reported in Germany

Three people have died and hundreds affected by a food poisoning outbreak in Germany. The German government has warned people to be careful while eating cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes.

The food poisoning has been caused by EHEC (enterohaemorrhagic E. coli). Health experts advise consumers to carefully wash vegetables before eating them. Most of the food poisoning cases have been reported in north Germany.

Apart from the three deaths, 140 others have fallen prey to haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which is caused by EHEC. The affected numbers far exceed the normal annual toll of EHEC and HUS.

Women are the most seriously affected segment, but children are also at risk. HUS can cause strokes, seizures, acute renal failure and even coma.

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