Ariz. & E. Coli

July 9, 2011 by staff 

Ariz. & E. ColiAriz. & E. Coli, U.S. Health officials have confirmed that the recent death of a resident of Arizona was associated with an outbreak of E. coli that has killed over 40 people in Europe. The Arizona man, who was over 65 years and had recently traveled to Germany, is the first person in the United States die as a result of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There have been six confirmed cases in the United States of patients who were sickened by the bacteria, the CDC said in its website on Friday.

“Among these six cases, one death has been reported in an Arizona resident who traveled to Germany before becoming ill,” the CDC said.

The CDC confirmed Thursday that the patient Arizona had the same strain of E. coli that has hit Europe, said spokeswoman Lola Russell told Reuters in an email.

More than 4,100 people in Europe and North America have been infected in two outbreaks of E. coli – one centered in northern Germany and one centered on the French city of Bordeaux.

Almost all those affected by the first outbreak – the deadliest on record – living in Germany, or had recently traveled there. Most deaths have been in Germany.

“A batch imported from fenugreek seeds used to grow sprouts imported from Egypt by a German importer is the most likely link is common,” the European Food Safety Authority said in a statement this week.

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