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WHO: Killer E. coli strain never detected before

The E. coli strain responsible for the deadly outbreak in Europe is a new bacteria that has never been seen before, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Full story

Britain says 7 people confirmed with E. coli

Britain's Health Protection Agency says 7 people in the U.K. have been confirmed with a new strain of E. coli which has left 17 people dead across Europe, almost all of them in Germany, and infected 1,500. Full story

Spanish produce exports paralyzed by bacteria fear

Spain's exports of fruit and vegetables have ground to a halt, causing major financial losses for farmers, due to Germany's now-retracted accusation that Spanish cucumbers were the source of the E. coli outbreak that killed more than a dozen people. Full story

Spain hints at legal action over E. coli scare

Spain is considering legal action against German authorities for saying that Spanish vegetables may be to blame for an E. coli outbreak that has killed more than a dozen and sickened hundreds, an official said Wednesday. Full story

Two in U.S. infected in German E. coli outbreak

Two U.S. residents who recently traveled in northern Germany are among victims of a massive outbreak of food poisoning that has killed 16 and sickened more than 1,150 people in Europe, federal health officials confirmed Tuesday. Full story

Utah to test lakes, ponds for E. coli

State health officials are fanning out across Utah with local and federal agencies to begin testing popular waterways for bacteria contamination. Full story

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