Bacterial intestinal infection found on lettuce from Bavaria

Common intestinal infections in Europe.  © REUTERS / Morris Mac MatzenThe bacteria that cause intestinal infection, from which in Europe more than 30 people died, were found on the leaves of lettuce from Bavaria, said on Tuesday the German media, with reference to the Bavarian Ministry of Health and food.
The death toll from the infection caused by the bacterium E.coli, according to the Robert Koch Institute has grown to 36 people. Previously reported 35 dead.
Reported that in 617 samples of lettuce varieties "Lollo Rosso" from the village of Furth found dangerous bacteria, so far, however, it is unknown exactly which strain of bacteria involved. German citizens are advised not to eat raw sprouted grains, because scientists believe their main distributor of the disease.
Outbreak of intestinal infection was originally recorded in the north of Germany. At first it was assumed that the carrier of dangerous bacteria are salad cucumbers from Spain, but this hypothesis was not confirmed. Then, experts said that the source of infection could be a farm in Lower Saxony, which supplies to markets in the germinated soybeans and other grains that are used in salads and main dishes.
Infection is caused by the so-called enterohaemorrhagic bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli). E.coli bacteria are often present in the gut of humans and warm-blooded animals. Most of its strains are harmless, but some strains, such as enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), can cause severe foodborne illness.
Symptoms caused by EHEC disease — bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Most patients recover within ten days, but in a small number of patients (young children and the elderly) infection may lead to severe life-threatening.

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