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New, deadly strain of E. coli rages through Europe

There’s still no definitive word on how the deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe got started — or why this new strain is having a particularly severe effect on adults.

As of this writing, nearly 2,200 people are ill — 22 have died, and another 600 are in critical care. And unlike most E. coli outbreaks, where children are most likely to suffer the most severe effects — kidney failure and death, in this case, most of the kidney failure cases have been among adults. Two-thirds of those experience kidney failure have been women.

Various international and national health agencies are working on finding the cause of the outbreak. But so far, testing hasn’t found a link between suspected pathways ranging from Spanish cucumbers to German bean sprouts.

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