An outbreak of intestinal bacteria Escherichia coli has triggered a medical alarm in Germany, accounting for at least 214 cases, some of them serious, and taking the lives of four people, the first an elderly woman of 83 years who had to be admitted to a hospital as a result of bloody diarrhea . The second was a young man from Bremen, while the third confirmed death was that of another 89-year-old woman in Schleswig-Holstein.

In the last hours, the outbreak has spread to other countries such as Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, although in Spain, no cases have been registered.

The biggest problem facing the health authorities is that it seems to be a strain resistant to antibiotics. Normally, infection by E. coli It manifests with symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea, and can lead to anemia or kidney failure. The authorities have reported that another 160 people who have manifested symptoms are being tested to see if they have contracted the E. coli which, if confirmed, would increase the number of affected.

They point to a game of Spanish cucumbers

The Community Food Alerting Network has contacted the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) to inform you that two Spanish companies that produce cucumbers in Andalusia could be involved in this infectious outbreak that has been unleashed in Germany. There is also a Dutch company that could be related to this case. However, other hypotheses are not ruled out yet.

As reported by, those responsible for one of the Spanish companies identified as the source of the infection have explained that the cargo they sent to Germany on May 12 was not properly handled upon arriving there on May 16, and they claim received a written notification from the central market in Hamburg informing them that the load had fallen to the ground when disembarking it from the truck, so they had to collect the contents and put it back in boxes.

The AESAN calls for tranquility and ensures that in Spain there is no infection associated with this outbreak

On the other hand, the president of AESAN, Roberto Sabrido, has assured that in Spain no case has been registered and, therefore, he has requested "absolute tranquility". The AESAN has verified that it is a specific batch of cucumbers that has not caused any infection in our country, and that you can continue consuming this vegetable normally, taking the usual precautions to wash and peel the vegetables before cooking them, and especially if they are going to be taken raw.

Meanwhile, the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin has called on people not to eat tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers without cooking. In this regard, recalls the spokesman for Health and Consumer Protection, last year the same bacteria affected some 3,500 people in four member states, including Germany.


E. Coli Outbreak in Europe Causes Concern in the US (November 2019).