Another 41 confirmed or probable cases of E. coli O104:H4 infection were counted in Europe Friday, increasing the outbreak toll to 3,908, including 765 with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported that three previously counted deaths have been subtracted from the total, lowering it to 41 fatalities.

The World Health Organization’s outbreak tally differs from that of the ECDC. WHO counts 53 deaths and more than 4,000 illnesses in 14 European countries, the United States and Canada — with more than 3,900 infections in Germany.

The outbreak continues to wind down, with the last known date of illness onset July 8, the ECDC said.

The organic farm in Bienenb√ºttel that sprouted the Egyptian fenugreek seeds implicated as the source of the outbreak in Germany had threatened a lawsuit to allow its operations to resume, according to Deutsche-Press Agentur.  Local authorities removed all fenugreek seeds from the sprout farm and this week cleared it to reopen. 

  • Doc Mudd

    “The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported that three previously counted deaths have been subtracted from the total…”
    What? Were these unfortunate folks, killed by organic sprouts, brought back to life? Maybe by homeopathic hocus pocus?
    This tragic European story of ravaged consumers just becomes more pathetic the more it is politicized. The killer organic farmer “cleared to reopen”, indeed. These hopeless fools have learned absolutely nothing from this historic food poisoning outbreak, absolutely nothing!

  • Ted

    Obviously they know a lot more than you do Mudddd –the cause was traced to contaminated fenugreek seed from Egypt.

  • Doc Mudd

    Yep, dangerous seeds lovingly nurtured and deadly bacteria amplified by a organic farmer into toxic organic sprouts that poisoned and killed a historic number of trusting organic food consumers.
    So, we’ll just point a finger at some anonymous Egyptian, spray down and restock the organic fecal bacteria incubator farm in Germany and return to trusting good luck and blind faith will direct the inevitable next deadly mass organic food poisoning outbreak away from ourselves and onto someone else.
    Sure, that should work OK – what could possibly go wrong, eh?