Mind and Body

New E. Coli Sicknesses in Germany Continue to Decline

Hand in glove holding Petri plate with bacteria Escherichia Coli, Klebisiella Pneumoniae, Serratia Marascens

Hand in glove holding Petri plate with bacteria Escherichia Coli, Klebisiella Pneumoniae, Serratia Marascens  (Copyright © by Monika Wisniewska)

Germany's national disease control center says the number of new cases of E. coli illness being reported has slowed to a trickle.

The Robert Koch Institute said Tuesday that a total of 3,235 people in Germany have been reported ill, only seven more than the previous day.

A total of 36 people — 35 in Germany and one in Sweden — have died in what has been the deadliest outbreak of E. coli ever.

German authorities have narrowed the source of the outbreak to vegetable sprouts from a farm in the north of the country.

They are warning consumers against eating any vegetable sprouts until they determine whether the farm received tainted seeds — meaning other farms could also be affected — or whether the cause was a hygienic problem at the farm itself.