European E.coli outbreak claims life of Arizona resident

Jul 20, 2011

Arizona man killed by E. coli

An Arizona man who was said to be traveling through Germany during the European E. Coli outbreak has died, according to the International Business Times.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a five-state outbreak last month, all believed to be linked to alfalfa and spicy sprouts.

Germany's Robert Koch Institute announced last month that the contaminated sprouts may have come from a farm in Germany, which had been closed. However, European officials are now claiming that the contaminated sprout seeds originated in Egypt and were likely the source of the poisoning.

The U.S. victim is roughly 65 years old and is the first in America to die from the recent outbreak, the CDC reports. Fifty people have died overseas, some of whom may not have had time to purchase life insurance, according to the Associated Press.

There have been roughly 30 U.S. cases of food borne illnesses since 1996, mostly from salmonella and E. coli, the Food and Drug Administration reports. Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps in the days after eating a contaminated product.  

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