Health Ministry Warns Travelers to Germany Over E. Coli Outbreak

Health Ministry announces that all agricultural imports to Israel are being meticulously inspected due to E. coli outbreak in Europe.

The Health Ministry has warned Israelis travelling to Germany not to consume fresh vegetables or dairy products, in light of the E. coli outbreak in Europe.

The warning also encouraged travelers to Germany to maintain strict hygiene.

A woman passes by a fruits and vegetables stand in Budapest's central food market during a media tour organised by Hungary's Agriculture Ministry June 3, 2011.Reuters

The Health Ministry announced that all agricultural imports to Israel are being meticulously inspected in the wake of the E. coli outbreak.

Germany's disease control center reported on Friday 199 new cases in the last two days of a rare, deadly strain of E. coli that has so far caused up to 17 deaths.

The Robert Koch Institute said in a statement there had been 149 cases of E.coli infection and 50 of the haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) caused by E.coli. The latest numbers bring the total number of cases since May 1 to 1,733, it said.

Also on Friday, a German health ministry spokesman said that Germany has not yet identified the source of a deadly E.coli outbreak and still recommends not eating raw salad vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes in northern Germany.

The German government has set up an E.coli task force and Chancellor Angela Merkel has talked to Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez-Zapatero about the impact on Spanish farmers initially blamed for the outbreak, a government spokesman said.