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June 2011: New Hygiene and Information and Advice Sheet on Escherichia coli O104 now available from IFH

Health officials in Germany have confirmed that they have detected the first case of human-to-human spread of the E. coli bacterium. Authorities say a woman working in a kitchen of a catering company near Frankfurt, in the state of Hesse, became infected with the bacterium after eating sprouts and passed it on to twenty people she prepared food for.

The IFH website offers a detailed information sheet providing background information and public health advice on what to do if there is a risk of spread in families where someone is infected or at risk of infection (i.e a family member who has recently returned from Northern Germany).

The advice sheet &;Escherichia coli O104: understanding the risks and preventing the spread of infection&; can be downloaded here