E. coli cucumbers might be in Austria, Hungary

By Published: May 29, 2011

Czech officials say 120 organic Spanish cucumbers suspected of contamination by a potentially fatal bacteria are being pulled off shelves, according to The Associated Press.

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority says cucumbers from the same shipment also went to Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg. There were no immediate reports of illness there.

U.S. Army health officials recommended all Defense Department personnel and families in Europe avoid eating raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce — except for U.S.-origin bagged salad — in addition to practicing safe food preparation practices, in the wake of an E. coli outbreak.

The virulent strain of E.coli has sickened more than 270 people in Germany with a potentially deadly complication, and at least two people have died, according to health authorities.

The cucumbers transited Germany, where at least nine people have died and almost 300 have been sickened by hemolytic uremic syndrome, The AP reported. HUS is a rare complication arising from infection associated with the E. coli bacterium.

Read more about the E. coli outbreak in Europe by The Associated Press.

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