Bulgaria Decisively Refutes 'E. Coli Death' Claims

Health | June 13, 2011, Monday // 11:15|  views

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The second test carried out after the suspicious death of a 66 year-old man in the southeastern Bulgarian town of Haskovo Friday proved the deadly E. Coli bacteria was not the cause.

The man was suffering from another, less dangerous strain of the E. Coli bacteria, officials from the Bulgarian Health Ministry revealed Monday, according to Darik radio. He was treated for diarrhea but passed away as a result of a heart attack.

No cases of the life-threatening E. Coli infections have been registered in Bulgaria, but the country's Health authorities has advised all citizens to maintain a good personal hygiene as a preventive measure.

On Sunday, German health officials said four more people have died in in the country,  bringing the total number of deaths from the outbreak to 35.

On Friday, new data released in Bulgaria strongly suggested that the locally produced alcoholic drink rakia may be an efficient cure for the outbreak of E. Coli, which involves a previously unknown strain of the bacterium.

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Tags: E. coli, outbreak, bacteria, Bulgaria, Health Ministry


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