London, (Prensa Latina) The United Kingdom confirmed on Thursday seven cases of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), which caused the deaths of 17 people and sickened thousands in northern Europe this week.
Those infected in the UK have some type of link to Germany, where an outbreak was detected a week ago, although its source was unclear, according to the Health Protection Agency.
Local authorities said the seven people infected, three of them Britons who recently traveled to Germany and the other four Germans, had haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS) accompanied by bloody diarrhea. A week after blaming Spanish cucumbers as the cause of the outbreak, the Prüfer-Storks office in Hamburg admitted it had made a mistake.
Spain threatened to take legal action against Germany for about 200 million euros’ worth of lost vegetables sales, officials said.
Spanish Agriculture Minister Rosa Aguilar said she was unhappy with the way Berlin government had blamed Spain without concrete evidence.
To date, the infection is centered in Hamburg, with the majority of patients being German or recent visitors to Germany.