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E. coli strain behind German deaths apparently resurfaces in France

June 27, 2011 Comments off

Paris (CNN) — The strain of E. coli blamed for 46 deaths in Germany appears to have resurfaced in France, the French Ministry of Health said.

The new outbreak has sickened eight people, who went to two hospitals in Bordeaux, authorities said.

Officials interviewed seven of them, all of whom reported having attended an open house at a children’s recreation center. Six of them reported having eaten sprouts during the visit, “particularly used in decoration of a gazpacho,” the health ministry said.

Two of the eight patients have hemolytic uremic syndrome. The strain of E. coli isolated from one of them “has the same characteristics as the strain responsible for a large epidemic” of enterohemorrhagic E. coli in Germany over the past several weeks, which has been blamed on sprouts, the ministry said in a statement.

The seeds for the sprouts consumed at the recreation center were planted and grown in France, officials said.

An investigation found the seeds were supplied by a British company, but no definitive link has been established, an official with France’s economy ministry said.

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