According to Food Safety News, the first fatality in the United States associated with the outbreak of E. coli O104:H4 in Europe was an Arizona man who traveled to Germany. The man died in June.
In its update on the investigation, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the sprouts-linked outbreak centered in Europe includes six cases of O104:H4 infection here in the states. In addition to Arizona, illnesses were reported in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
Five of the U.S. patients, including the Arizona man who died, developed the severe kidney-damaging complication, hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS.
Beware of a single lot of Egyptian fenugreek seeds imported to Europe and used to grow sprouts that were consumed in Germany and France.
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