Europe's E. coli death toll increases to 43

AP News
Posted: Jun 23, 2011 7:12 AM
Europe's E. coli death toll increases to 43

Germany's national disease control center says the death toll from Europe's E. coli outbreak has risen to 43.

The Robert Koch Institute said Thursday that 42 deaths have now been reported in Germany, up from 39 a day earlier. One person has died in Sweden.

It wasn't immediately clear when the three additional deaths occurred. There is sometimes a delay in reporting cases.

The number of new infections has declined significantly over the past two weeks.

The disease control center says a total of 3,688 people have now been reported ill in Germany, including 823 suffering from a complication that can lead to kidney failure. Another 114 cases have been reported in other countries.

The source of the bacteria has been traced to a vegetable sprout farm in northern Germany.