Food handler passed E. coli O104 to 20 others in German outbreak

As the number of sick people in the German E. coli O104 sprout outbreak rose to 3,408, including 798 with hemolytic uremic syndrome and 39 dead, scientists have discovered a kitchen employee at a catering company was unwittingly spreading the germ on food.

Hesse state consumer protection officials said that a woman positive for E. coli O104:H4 but had not yet fallen ill – she later developed HUS — passed it to 20 other people via food she handled.

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