European E. Coli Sicknesses Rise

Germany

A market seller speaks on his cell phone behind a display of cucumbers and other vegetables in Malaga, southern Spain, Monday May 30, 2011. Vegetables from Spain are suspected of carrying the dangerous E.coli bacteria, which is suspected of killing some people in Germany and has caused many hundreds of people to become ill across Europe. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

Germany's national disease control center says another person has died in the European E. coli outbreak and 160 more people have been reported ill, but that the rate of new sicknesses is continuing to decline.

The Robert Koch Institute said Thursday that 2,808 people, 722 of whom are suffering from a serious complication that can cause kidney failure, have now been reported sickened in Germany, the country at the epicenter of the E. coli outbreak whose origin has not yet been found.

The World Health Organization says 97 others have fallen sick in 12 other European countries, as well as three in the United States.

A total of 27 people have died - 26 in Germany and one in Sweden.

Though the number of those sickened is still rising, the Koch institute says the new cases being reported have been dropping for several days.


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