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E coli outbreak linked to leek soil

30th September 2011

The Health protection Agency (HPA) says that soil stuck on leeks and potatoes may have been the source of an E coli outbreak in the UK earlier this year.

The HPA stressed the vegetables were safe to eat, but reminded people to ensure their food was washed. In the outbreak, most of the cases were mild, but 74 people required hospital treatment and one patient with underlying health problems died. The disease was caused by the rare O157 PT8 strain, which is different to the strain that caused the widespread outbreak in Germany.

 

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