German tourism unaffected by E.coli outbreak

10th Jun 2011
German tourism unaffected by E.coli outbreak

Officials at the German National Tourist Board have confirmed visitor numbers to the country have thus far been unaffected by the E.coli outbreak.

The news comes as scientists in the country confirmed locally produced bean sprouts as the like cause of the outbreak.

“It’s the bean sprouts,” said Reinhard Burger, head of Germany’s centre for disease control.

Officials initially blamed the E.coli on imported cucumbers from Spain, then bean sprouts.

Following the outbreak German authorities urged travellers to the northern part of the country to avoid certain vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

However, there is no need to cancel travel plans, according to authorities.

“At this point, we have no indications that any people are canceling their travel plans to Germany as a result of an E.coli outbreak,” said Victoria Larson of the German National Tourist Board.

According to the World Health Organization, as of June 9th there have been 29 deaths attributable to the E. coli outbreak.

There have been 2,909 reported cases since the outbreak began in early May.

British authorities are urging holidaymakers to exercise caution.



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