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New World-wide E. coli O104:H4 Numbers – As many as 44 dead, 3,798 sickened with 865 with HUS

As of a few moments ago, the European Union reports a total of 862 HUS cases, including 30 deaths, and 2,930 non-HUS cases, including 13 deaths (see table for distribution per country) linked to E. coli O104:H4 contaminated organic bean sprouts. Germany reports eight additional HUS cases and two new HUS deaths. It also reports 79 additional non-HUS STEC cases and one new non-HUS death. Sweden reports three additional non-HUS STEC cases that visited Germany mid-May. The latest known date of onset of diarrhea for cases is June 16 (see partial Epi-curve from New England Journal of Medicine article) . So far, there have been five confirmed cases (Three with HUS) in the United States connected to the outbreak. Those cases are in Michigan, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and North Carolina. There is also a possible Arizona death linked to the outbreak.

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  • http://www.AgRev.com Elizabeth Pearce

    Thank you for keeping us up to date on this E.coli outbreak. The details are tragic and the science is fascinating – but the main thing is to find a way to 1) create habits, proceedures and laws that make this less likely to happen and 2) develop new ways to fight these always evolving pathogens.
    Bill, Thank you for all your good work in this area. The more I learn about food safety, the more I realize how indebted to you are all of us, American food consumers.
    Elizabeth
    http://theagrevolution.com/