03 Jun '11, 12am

'First' outbreak of mystery bacteria kills 18 (via ST iPhone App)

'First' outbreak of mystery bacteria kills 18 (via ST iPhone App)

German authorities have warned consumers to avoid eating cucumbers, lettuces and tomatoes. -- PHOTO; REUTERS BERLIN - THE World Health Organisation warned on Thursday Europe was seeing the first outbreak of a lethal bacteria, as its death toll climbed to 18 and the first suspected cases were reported in the US. The WHO advisory came as German and Chinese researchers said they cracked the genetic code of the E. coli strain, which they said in a preliminary analysis was resistant to antibiotics and extremely virulent. US health officials said on Thursday that three people were suspected to have fallen ill from the bacteria after travelling to Germany, where the mystery outbreak has killed 17. Sweden has also reported one victim. Russia banned vegetable imports from the European Union in response to the scare, in a move the bloc slammed as 'disproportionate', as Britain repor...

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