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German E. Coli Outbreak Victims Consumed More Salad, Studies Say

June 03, 2011

June 3 (Bloomberg) -- People sickened by the E. coli outbreak in Germany ate more salad than healthy individuals in two epidemiological studies, Germany’s disease control agency said today in an e-mailed statement.

About 95 percent of the patients who became ill had eaten either lettuce, tomatoes or cucumbers, the Robert Koch Institute said. The agency’s advisory against eating the three products remains in place, according to the statement.

Employees who ate at a salad bar at an unnamed office cafeteria in Frankfurt where illnesses were reported were nearly seven times more likely to experience frequent bloody diarrhea as those who didn’t eat salad, the agency said.

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