Source of Deadly E. Coli Strain Remains Unknown
The World Health Organization reports no progress has been made in identifying the mysterious, lethal strain of E. coli that has infected and killed an unusually large number of people in northern Germany. Latest WHO figures put the number of global cases at more than 1,800, including 18 deaths. Of these, more than 1,700 cases and 17 deaths are in Germany.
The World Health Organization reports this deadly new strain of E. coli has spread to 12 countries, since the first infections were reported in northern Germany in mid-May.
Scientists at laboratories around the world are working to gather information about this rare strain of E. coli, which can cause severe renal failure. But the source of the massive outbreak remains unknown.