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June 2nd, 2011
12:22 PM ET

E. coli outbreak at a glance

A deadly outbreak of E. coli has killed 16 people and sickened more than 1,600 others across 10 European countries. The EU is now grappling with potential diplomatic fallout from the outbreak, as well as economic repercussions, as fingers are pointed on who is to blame and bans on vegetable imports are imposed. Here's a look at how the outbreak has developed.

WHAT IS E. COLI?

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacteria found living in the intestines of people and animals. It can be transmitted through contaminated water or food - especially raw vegetables and undercooked meat.

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