Posted: Jun 27, 2011 8:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BERLIN (AP) - Germany has reported another three deaths in its E. coli outbreak - bringing the total to at least 47.
The Robert Koch Institute, Germany's disease control center, said Monday that 46 deaths have now been reported in the country. One person has died in Sweden, and officials say one death in the U.S. may be linked to the outbreak.
The number of new infections has declined significantly over recent weeks but overall numbers are still rising - due largely to delays in notification.
The disease control center says 3,801 people have been reported sick in Germany. That includes 834 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 sprout farm in northern Germany. It's unclear how the sprouts were contaminated.