- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BERLIN (AP) - Germany’s national disease control center says the number of people falling ill in connection with a mysterious bacterial outbreak linked to tainted vegetables continues to rise.

Robert Koch Institute said Tuesday that more than 1,150 people have been affected by the bacteria and that it has confirmed nine deaths.

German media has reported a total of 14 people are suspected to have died from the enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also known as EHEC, bacteria, which has been found on cucumbers imported from Spain though the exact source is unknown.

Hundreds of people also have been sickened in other European countries, and Russia’s chief sanitary agency on Monday banned the imports of cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh salad from Spain and Germany, pending further notice.