Four Deaths in E. coli O111 Outbreak in JapanFood Safety News
by News Desk | May 05, 2011
An outbreak of E. coli O111 in central Japan has killed two children and two adults and sickened at least 56 other people, according to news reports this week.
The infections have been linked to a Korean raw beef dish called yukhoe, similar to tartare, served at a chain of barbecue restaurants.
According to media reports, one boy, a preschooler, was hospitalized April 21 and died six days later in Fukui Prefecture, while the second boy, age 6, became ill on April 24 and died April 29 in Tonami, Toyama Prefecture.
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