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18 dead in Germany from outbreak of new type of E. coli

Scientists have identified a highly toxic new variant of E. coli which has already claimed 18 lives, most of them in Germany, where the outbreak started and where 1500 people have been infected.

Cases have now been identified in Britain and America.

Experts have still not been able to pinpoint the source of the infection but some believe it is being caused by contaminated vegetables.

Russia has decided to ban all fresh vegetable imports from the European Union.

David Shukman reports.

  • 02 Jun 2011
  • From the section Health