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Byline: James Edgar

THREE more people have died in the E coli outbreak in Germany, taking the total to a record 22.

And authorities now believe the cause of the infection is beansprouts grown in the Lower Saxony area of the country.

Reinhard Burger, head of Germany's national disease control centre, said 21 people had died in Germany from E coli and a further victim died in Sweden.

A total of 2153 are ill, including 627 people who have developed rare complications that can cause kidney failure.

The Lower Saxony agriculture ministry yesterday warned people to stop eating beanprouts.

Spokesman Gert Hahne said official test results have not yet conclusively shown beansprouts are to blame but "all indications speak to them being" the cause.

He added that many restaurants where people ate before becoming ill had recently taken delivery of beansprouts.

The rising toll in Germany means it is now the most deadly outbreak of the illness in history.

Twenty-one people died in 1996 after eating contaminated meat supplied by a butcher's shop in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.


LIKELY CAUSE: German beansprouts
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Date:Jun 6, 2011
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