The previous record of 48 reported deaths. Friday 1st July, a woman in the region of Hannover (northern Germany) and another person in the United States have died of a Polycystic Kidney Disease caused by EHEC bacteria.
According to WHO, 4050 cases of infection were confirmed in 16 countries including 14 European countries, Canada and the United States.
Recorded initially in northern Germany, a dangerous intestinal infection caused by a rare variety of E. coli spread rapidly to other European countries, contaminating thousands of people. This is a particularly virulent and resistant strain of the bacteria.
On the medical side, the effects of this strain are not all known. Symptoms may be limited to diarrhea and stomach cramps, but can also develop into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication that affects the blood, kidneys and nervous system. It can cause fatal diarrhea.