EHEC bacteria, was discovered on leaves of lettuce from Bavaria (Germany), the death toll from a killer bacteria outbreak rose to 36, Western media reported on Tuesday, referring to the Bavarian Ministry of Food.
The dangerous bacterium was detected from 617 samples of lettuce Lollo Rossa cultivated in Fürth (Bavaria). However, the strain of the bacteria detected have not yet been identified.
The German authorities advise citizens to consume raw sprouts, considered by scientists as the main source of contamination.
Recorded initially in northern Germany, a dangerous intestinal infection caused by a rare variety of Escherichia coli has quickly spread to other European countries, infecting thousands of people. This is a particularly virulent and resistant strain of the bacterium E. coli.
On the medical front, the effects of this strain are not all known. Symptoms may be limited to diarrhea and stomach cramps, but may also degenerate into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication that affects the blood, kidneys and nervous system. It can cause fatal diarrhea.