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Euro Surveill. 2011 May 26;16(21). pii: 19878.

Large and ongoing outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome, Germany, May 2011.

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  • 1Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany.


Since early May 2011, an increased incidence of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhoea related to infections with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) has been observed in Germany, with most cases in the north of the country. Cases reported from other European countries had travelled to this area. First results of a case–control study conducted in Hamburg suggest an association between the occurrence of disease and the consumption of raw tomatoes, cucumber and leaf salad.

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