Germany: New results in search for E. coli

June 10, 2011 - 4:57 AM
Germany Contaminated Vegetables

German Health Minister Daniel Bahr attends a meeting of the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 9, 2011. Germany's national disease control center says another person has died in the European E. coli outbreak and 160 more people have been reported ill, but that the rate of new sicknesses is continuing to decline. The Robert Koch Institute said Thursday that more than 2,800 people, more than 720 of whom are suffering from a serious complication that can cause kidney failure, have now been reported sickened in Germany, the country at the epicenter of the E. coli outbreak whose origin has not yet been found . (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — German health officials say they have new results in the search for the source of a deadly European E. coli outbreak that has killed 29 people and sickened nearly 3,000.

The Robert Koch Institute's disease control center and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment have called a press conference for later Friday to announce their findings.

Neither would comment ahead of time on the developments, nor on German media reports that that the warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce has been lifted — indicating those vegetables have been determined safe.

Since the beginning of May, 2, 808 people have been sickened in Germany. The World Health Organization says 97 others have fallen ill in 12 other European countries, as well as three people in the United States.