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UK E-Coli Travel Warning on Germany

e-coli germany ukTravellers to Germany should avoid eating raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce following an outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) caused by E. coli, said the UK Foreign Office.

"German authorities have confirmed the outbreak and are advising people across Germany, and especially those in the north to avoid tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce as a precaution," said a spokesman.

The exact source of the contamination has not been determined.

Meanwhile, the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed one new case of HUS and three new cases of bloody diarrhoea in England. All are suspected to be related to the E-coli outbreak in Germany.

"Three of the four new cases, including the HUS case, are in UK residents with a recent travel history to Germany and one new case is in a German national on holiday in England. This brings the total number of cases in England to seven – three HUS and four bloody diarrhoea. There are no reports of any secondary infections in England," said an HPA spokesman.

The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that they are working closely with industry trade bodies, wholesalers and retailers, and have found no evidence that vegetables from possible sources identified so far has been distributed to the UK, said the foreign office.

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