E. coli cucumbers may be in Austria, Hungary

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Czech officials say 120 organic Spanish cucumbers suspected of contamination by a potentially fatal bacteria are being pulled off shelves.

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority says cucumbers from the same shipment also went to Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg. There were no immediate reports of illness there.

The cucumbers transited Germany, where at least nine people have died and almost 300 have been sickened by hemolytic uremic syndrome. HUS is a rare complication arising from infection associated with the E. coli bacterium.

Almost a dozen people with HUS have been hospitalized in Sweden in the past two weeks after travel to Germany. In Denmark, eight people are hospitalized with E.coli infection that could be linked to the outbreak.