So far 16 people have died in Europe because of E-coli infection linked to tainted vegetables. The death toll may rise as upwards of 1,150 have become sickened.
Hundreds of people have become sickened in several European countries including Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden but the only deaths so far have been in Germany.
373 people in Germany are said to have been sickened with the most deadly form of E-coli,
Escherichia coli O157:H7. This form of the bacteria can have life-threatening complication, a kidney condition called hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS).
Another 796 people have become ill with the enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also known as EHEC, bacteria.
At this point it is unclear the exact source of the E-coli contamination but there appears to be a strong link to cucumbers from Spanish Almeria and Malaga as the source of infection.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the E-coli outbreak is “very large and very severe.”
Symptoms of E-coli infection includes severe and acute bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. A diagnosis is made by culturing a stool sample.
When an E-coli infection can be traced to a particular manufacturer or packaging process, victims may pursue a legal claim for damages against the producer, manufacturer or distributor of infected food sources.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become seriously ill due to foodborne illness caused by negligence.
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