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Health officials say the virus, believed to have originated from organic cucumbers in Germany has killed 10 people and infected hundreds. The epicentre of the outbreak has been in the country's north with more than 300 people contracting the disease in recent weeks - four times the normal annual figure of about 60. Three cases have also been reported in Britain, a further 25 in Sweden and seven in Denmark. In Austria there have been two cases, while the Netherlands and Switzerland have each had one suspected case. All of the cases are understood to have been linked with travel to Germany.
The E.coli (Escherichia Coli) bacteria was first isolated from children's faeces and studied by German bacteriologist Theodor Escherich in 1885. Since then scientific interest on E.coli has been so large that microbiologists like Adams and Moss call it the "best understood" free-living organism. In spite of such understanding outbreaks like the one in Germany indicate that we are poorly prepared to control the E.coli threat.