German food poisoning toll hits 48

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Another victim has died in Germany's E.Coli outbreak, taking the total to at least 48.









The Robert Koch Institute, Germany's disease control centre, said 47 deaths have now been reported in the country. One person has died in Sweden and officials say one death in the US may be linked to the outbreak.



New infections have declined significantly over recent weeks but overall numbers are still rising due to delays in notification.



The disease control centre said 3,901 people have been reported ill in Germany - including 838 suffering from a complication that can lead to kidney failure.



A further 119 cases have been reported in 15 other countries.



The source has been traced to a beansprout farm in northern Germany. It is unclear how the beansprouts were contaminated.

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