Death Toll Rises in European E. Coli Outbreak

World | June 9, 2011, Thursday // 15:45
Bulgaria: Death Toll Rises in European E. Coli Outbreak A sticker indicating the absence of salad und cucumber is featured on a box filled with fresh sushi at a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, 09 June 2011. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The total number of dead in Europe caused by the E. Coli outbreak reached 27 Thursday, as two more deaths were confirmed in Germany.

While the rate of infection is slowing down, the number of infections continues to rise, climbing above 2 800, the Robert Koch Institut said, CNN reports. More than 700 of the infected suffer from the severe form of the intestinal illness.

On Wednesday, EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos raised his aid package offer to EUR 210 M million to help farmers recover from some of their losses as a result of the E. Coli crisis. He had initially proposed EUR 150 M in aid.

German authorities, now with European assistance, are still hunting for the source of the outbreak

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