Food borne intoxication (food poisoning) in Germany

The number of cases of severe food borne intoxication with E.coli has reached 140 people. Hundreds more across the country are thought to be infected with the bacteria but have a milder form of the disease.

While this strain of E. coli is usually found in raw or partially cooked meats and unpasteurized milk, unwashed raw vegetables that may have come in contact with partially cleaned meat cutting boards may be one possible way this bacteria has spread.

Travellers to this region should be aware of the risk of exposure to this organism and take all necessary precautions to avoid consuming unsafe food, especially when preparing their own food. Travellers should monitor local media for additional information as to the source of this outbreak.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Food and Water Contamination.

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