1,800 infected with the deadly E. coli bacteria

WHO headquarters

The number of people infected with a deadly strain of E. coli now stands at 1,823, according to the World Health Organization.

Eighteen deaths have been reported so far. Twelve countries have reported infection cases although Northern Germany remains the epicentre of the outbreak.

WHO says although the source of the outbreak remains unknown, but the bacteria is associated with poor hygiene standards.

Dr Andrea Ellis from WHO outlines some of the personal measures the public should take to avoid infection.

"We always recommend that there is proper food handling and food hygiene. So in terms of washing your hands before handling food, washing food properly, keeping raw meats and raw vegetables separate keeping them at the right temperature and also using a good water source in order to do that. Person to person transmission can occur if there is inadequate hygiene. For example if somebody has diarrhoea but fails to wash their hands. Then that can transfer bacteria on to surfaces."

 The World Health Organization has not recommended any trade or travel restriction with the affected countries. 

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