Germans seek source for E.Coli outbreak


A warning has been issued to Germans to not eat cucumbers until tests have identified the source of a deadly E.coli outbreak which has killed 10 and spread across Europe.

It is believed that the contaminated organic cucumbers were imported from Spain by Germany and possibly re-exported to other European countries or directly exported by Spain. The vegetables have infected hundreds with Hemolytic-uremic Syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney problems.

Cases have also been recorded in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK.

On Sunday, amid contamination fears, authorities in the Czech Republic and Austria removed some Spanish-grown cucumbers from store shelves.

Czech officials said contaminated cucumbers may have also been exported to Hungary and Luxembourg.

An EU spokesman said that two Spanish greenhouses were identified as sources for the E.coli outbreak and have been closed for further investigation to see if the outbreak did originate there.