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Up to 10 dead from E. coli outbreak in Germany

Government officials say two more people have died of a bacterial outbreak allegedly caused by contaminated Spanish cucumbers ā€” bringing the number of deaths to 10, according to the BBC.
German news agency DAPD reported that two more women died Saturday and almost 300 are sick with hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, in recent days. HUS is a rare complication arising from an infection most commonly associated with E. coli, a bacterium found in undercooked beef or contaminated food.

There have been multiple media reports of smaller, non-lethal outbreaks in several other European countries, but many of those reported E. coli cases have been linked with travel to Germany.

Experts called the outbreak one of the biggest of its kind worldwide and the largest ever in Germany, and added they were worried about the disease's outbreak in adults, Reuters reports.

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"While HUS cases are usually observed in children under five years of age, in this outbreak 87 percent are adults, with a clear predominance of women (68 percent)," a recent scientific report states.

German officials have said they found three cucumbers from Spain with the bacterium and they are currently probing whether the cucumbers were contaminated with E. coli when they were shipped from southern Spain, or if they went bad during shipment or while being handled in Germany.

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