France confirms first death of E. coli infection

14:00, July 03, 2011      

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A 78-year-old patient died from E. coli strain infection in Bordeaux, southeast of France, before Saturday dawn, the first such death in France since its outbreak.

According to regional health agency, the woman was under intensive care at the Bordeaux University Hospital since June 24, but the strain detected on her is different from that caused scores of death in Germany.

Seven people remained in hospital in Bordeaux after suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome. They started to feel bad after eating contaminated vegetable sprout at a leisure center, local daily Le Figaro said.

Judging from the complete analysis for six of them, they were confirmed being infected by the "O104" E. Coli strain, the same that killed the female patient.

Their conditions are now "stable," local health agency was quoted by Le Figaro.

The E. coli outbreak have killed over 50 people in Europe since its was first reported in early June.

Source: Xinhua
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