Friday, June 3, 2011

AUSTRIA, DENMARK, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND and THE U.K. HAVE REPORTED CASES, the WorldHealthOrg said.
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The resistance to antibiotics in laboratory testing suggests the strain may have originated in a geographic region with high levels of antibiotic use, possibly an area with domestic farm animals or in a developing country, Tauxe said. THE “EPICENTER” OF THE OUTBREAK IS THE AREA SURROUNDING THE NORTHERN GERMAN CITY OF HAMBURG, said John Dalli, the European commissioner for health and consumer policy. AUSTRIA, DENMARK, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND and THE U.K. HAVE REPORTED CASES, the WorldHealthOrg said. All infections found outside Germany, except for two, are in people who had recently visited northern Germany or had contact with a visitor from the area, according to the WHO. TWO E. COLI CASES WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE U.S. AMONG TRAVELERS RETURNING FROM EUROPE, according to the CDC.

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