The contaminated bean sprouts were named the source of the E.coli outbreak by Germany's national disease control centre as the health officials in Europe are battling  a never-before seen strain of the deadly bacteria --That's already killed dozens of people and infected thousands more. Europe is making progress in its struggle against the outbreak, with the number of new cases steadily declining.

 Source of E. coli outbreak

Deadly E.coli detected on sprouts for the first time

BERLIN, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said Friday it detected for the first time the deadly E.coli strain o104 on bean sprouts, after they were named the source of the outbreak by Germany's national disease control centre. Full story

Bean sprouts blamed for E. coli outbreak again

BERLIN, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The German authority said on Friday bean sprouts were probably the source of the E. coli outbreak, which has killed 30 people and infected about 3,000 around the world.  Full story

New E.coli strain discovered to cause outbreak

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhuanet) --A highly infectious new strain of E.coli bacteria is causing a deadly outbreak of food poisoning in Germany and other countries. Experts from the World Health Organization, Germany and China revealed their findings Thursday.Full story


Unveiling New E. coli Bacteria

Chinese scientists have fully sequenced the genome of the new E. coli spreading throughout Europe. >>Full story

They announced that they have found genes in the bacteria that gave it resistance to eight classes of antibiotics. >>Full story

Name: EHEC serotype O104 E. coli strain

Charactor: highly infectious and toxic; resistance to eight classes of antibiotics;

Harms: Attack kidneys and cause seizures, strokes and comas


Treatment

Dutch scientists from the research organization TNO say they have found natural ingredients that effectively cut bacteria short that had become resistant to antibiotics. >> Full story

German doctors are trying a new approach: a massive blood plasma exchange programme, in combination with an experimental antibiotic therapy.  >> Full story

Cases of E.coli infection


First child death from E. coli reported in Germany

BERLIN, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A two-year-old boy became the first child to be killed by the deadly E. coli in Germany on Tuesday, officials said.

To date, the terrifying EHEC infection has claimed 36 lives in Germany and one in Sweden. Full story

First child death from E. coli reported in Germany

BERLIN, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A two-year-old boy became the first child to be killed by the deadly E. coli in Germany on Tuesday, officials said.

To date, the terrifying EHEC infection has claimed 36 lives in Germany and one in Sweden.  Full story

Europe E-coli crisis continues to spread, new cases steadily declining

BEIJING, June 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Europe is making progress in its struggle against the deadly E-coli outbreak, with the rate of new cases steadily declining. But hospitals in Germany are still scrambling to treat thousands of people who have already been afflicted by the bacteria.  Full story

No case of E. coli reported in China

BEIJING, June 10 (Xinhua) -- China said on Friday that no case of E. coli (EHEC) has been reported in the country.

Deng Haihua, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, told a press conference that there was a relatively low risk of an outbreak of EHEC, a food-borne bacteria, since the country imports only a limited amount of fresh vegetables.  Full story

 E. coli outbreak in Denmark under control

COPENHAGEN, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The outbreak of infections caused by E. coli bacteria may be over in Denmark as no new cases have been reported here since Friday.  Full story

 • HK health chief warns of imported E coli cases

 • Another patient suspected of E.coli hospitalized in Poland

 Economic impact of E. coli outbreak


Russia bans EU vegetable imports

MOSCOW, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Russia has banned the import of all fresh vegetables from all European Union member states because of an outbreak of the E.coli bacteria, the country's sanitary watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Thursday.  Full story

Denmark lifts E. coli warning against German produce

COPENHAGEN, June 10 (Xinhua)-- Denmark's food safety authority on Friday lifted its warning against German cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, after evidence suggested German bean sprouts are the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak.  Full story

 Spanish PM wants more EU compensation for E. coli mistake

MADRID, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Spanish PM Zapatero said Wednesday the European Union (EU) had offered too little compensation for incorrect claims Spanish produce caused a deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany. Full story

 •Spain loses 500 jobs due to cucumber crisis

 •Kuwait bans vegetable, fruit imports from Germany, Spain

 Video

Markets warm up after Germany lifts warning against cucumber

German doctors trying experimental E. coli treatments with some success

Europe E-coli crisis continues to spread

E.coli found on remains of cucumber in Germany

Cucumber sales plummet in Europe

Spain welcomes German lab findings

 Photos

Bean sprouts blamed for E. coli outbreak again

Deadly E.coli detected on sprouts for  first time

E. coli cucumber blame brings losses to Spanish agriculture

Editor: Lu Hui