E. coli outbreak in Germany kills 9

WHO headquarters

An outbreak of E. coli has been reported to the World Health Organization in ten countries.

In Germany, 9 people have died from complications of the disease such as acute renal failure.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Nine patients in Germany have died so far and many more are in hospital from a strain of E. coli, according to the World Health Organization.

E. coli, is a bacteria that is found in the gut of humans and animals. It can be contracted through contaminated raw meat or milk products.

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the outbreak, which is still unclear.

WHO says ten countries in Europe have reported cases to the agency.

There are now over 1600 people infected.

All these cases are from people who had recently visited northern Germany or had contact with someone from there.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations. 

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