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E. Coli Outbreak Claims 11th Victim

August 24, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

E. coli food poisoning claimed its 11th victim, a 59-year-old woman in western Japan who died of respiratory failure. The woman had been suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication resulting from the E. coli 0157 bacterial infection that causes kidney damage. About 9,500 people have been sickened by the outbreak in various parts of Japan, and about 300 remain hospitalized, the Health and Welfare Ministry said. The 11th victim died in Yamatotakada, about 20 miles southeast of Osaka.

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